A Quickie with Rocco DiSpirito
Maybe you only know of Rocco DiSpirito because you've seen him battling Jeffrey Chodorow on the NBC reality show The Restaurant, spinning around the floor on Dancing With the Stars, helping hefties on Biggest Loser, or taking toques to the table on Top Chef, but before he emerged into our living rooms he was gaining heaps of attention for whipping up some serious eats in the kitchen. Food and Wine magazine once labeled this C.I.A. grad a "Best New Chef," Gourmet Magazine considered him "America's Most Exciting Young Chef," and he's even got a James Beard award shoved up under his belt somewhere.
half-dozen cookbooks to his name, including one due out next month (more about that later), and he'll be all over the South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year. On February 25, he'll be at Burger Bash, on the 27 you can find him at Midnight Amore, and again on the 27 (and also on the 28) watch him cooking for the kiddies at Fun & Fit as a Family. We also hear he's big into triathlalons and Springsteen. Guess you can say Rocco was born to run. Har!
NT: If you came back in your next life as food item what would it be and why?
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.