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Rocco DiSpirito Biography

Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Chef, reality cast member

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
  • 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