Fast Facts

  • Cultivated a love of cooking at the age of 11 in his mother's kitchen.
  • Began his studies at the Culinary Institute of America when he was 16-years-old.
  • Named Food & Wine's "Best New Chef" in 2000. That same year, Gourmet magazine called him "America's Most Exciting Young Chef."
  • NBC documented the 2003 opening---and the subsequent failure---of his New York City eatery, Rocco's 22nd Street, in The Restaurant.
  • Teamed with Karina Smirnoff on the seventh season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.


  • Yvonne Sciò — Ex-significant Other
  • Nicolina DiSpirito — Mother


  • Boston University, Boston, MA (BS in Business, 1990)


  • Birth Place: Queens, NY
  • Birthday: November 19, 1966, Scorpio
  • Profession: Chef, Reality cast member
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