Rocco DiSpirito

Celebrity chef, Cookbook author, TV personality
Blessed with leading man looks and an innovative cooking style, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito brought his passion for and reinvention of traditional Italian-American cooking to the masses via a series of popular ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1966 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Extreme Weight Loss 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Extreme Weight Loss -- Love Can't Weight 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Food Fighters 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mistresses 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Mysteries of Laura 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Restaurant Divided 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The 2011 Miss USA Pageant 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best Thing I Ever Ate 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Biggest Loser 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ugly Truth 2009 (Movie)

Guest Chef (Actor)

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Quill Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Chef 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best Week Ever 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocco to the Rescue 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

The Restaurant 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Things About the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Pizza! The Movie 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eat This New York 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Miss USA 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Apprentice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Country, My Kitchen 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Blessed with leading man looks and an innovative cooking style, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito brought his passion for and reinvention of traditional Italian-American cooking to the masses via a series of popular restaurants, cookbooks and television programs. Named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs in 1999, DiSpirito went from budding restaurateur to reality star on "The Restaurant" (NBC, 2003-04). The author of numerous critically acclaimed cookbooks boasting recipes as varied as Italian meatballs and pomegranate and cinnamon-lacquered duck, DiSpirito proved to be a fresh new face in the world of culinary arts with his progressive fusion-style of cooking. Taking a break from cooking in 2008, DiSpirito partnered with Ukrainian dancer Karina Smirnoff on the seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), no doubt raising his profile outside the culinary world. Although he continued to stick with the basics for such best-selling cookbooks as 2008's Rocco Gets Real: Cook at Home, Ever Day, DiSpirito put his abundant charm to good use with acting cameos on hit shows like "Castle" (ABC, 2008- ). In a return to the kitchen and dining room, "Rocco's Dinner Party" (Bravo, 2011- ) gave longtime food fans more of what they craved from the chef. In a sea of celebrity chefs, DiSpirito stood out from the pack with his combination of looks, personality and, above all, a focus on simple, healthy Italian-influenced cooking that appealed to even the most jaded gastronomist.

Relationships

Nicolina DiSpirito

Mother
Italian immigrant appeared on the NBC reality television show "The Restaurant" with her son and financier Jeffrey Chodorow

EDUCATION

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park , New York 1986

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1990

Milestones

2008

Joined the seventh season of ABC’s reality competition "Dancing with the Stars"

2006

Appeared as a guest sous-chef on the season three finale of "Top Chef" (Bravo)

2004

Hosted the morning radio show "Food Talk" on New York City’s WOR 710

2003

Published first cookbook, Flavor, which broke down the concept of building dishes on four basic flavors

2003

Subject of the NBC reality series, "The Restaurant"; also featured Rocco's mother, Nicolina DiSpirito and financier Jeffrey Chodorow

1997

Opened second restaurant Union Pacific in New York City’s Gramercy Park

1995

First restaurant, Dava closed after only six months

At age 16, enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America

Studied French cuisine with chefs Dominique Cecillon and Gray Kunz at Jardin de Cygne restaurant in Paris

Bonus Trivia

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Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 1999.

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Named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Chef Alive in 2002.

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