Rocco DiSpirito

Television Chef
Born Nov 19, 1966

Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.

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1966 Birth Born on November 19, 1966.


1986 19 Years Old DiSpirito was born in Queens, New York City, New York. He graduated in 1986 from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and in 1990 from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in business. … Read More


1997 30 Years Old DiSpirito is best known as a celebrity chef and a cookbook author. He is known for his involvement in Union Pacific, a restaurant he opened in 1997 in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan. … Read More
2003 36 Years Old From 2003 to 2004, DiSpirito starred in the NBC reality television show The Restaurant, which followed the launch and operation of a new Manhattan restaurant called Rocco's on 22nd. … Read More
2004 37 Years Old DiSpirito succeeded Arthur Schwartz as host of Food Talk, an hour-long morning talk show on New York Radio WOR (AM), from October 2004 through December 2005, and then hosted 12 episodes of the TV show Rocco Gets Real on A&E (October 4 through December 27, 2008).


He was also featured in a Lincoln MKX commercial and the ABC sitcom The Knights of Prosperity, and was a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef. DiSpirito returned in the Top Chef season three finale (Top Chef: Miami) — in which three celebrity chefs were brought to work as sous chefs to the contestants, with DiSpirito assisting Hung Huynh — and was a guest judge on the March 14, 2008 Top Chef season four premiere (Top Chef: Chicago).
2010 43 Years Old On May 3, 2010, DiSpirito appeared as himself on the ABC television series Castle in the episode "Food to Die For".
2011 44 Years Old On June 15, 2011, DiSpirito debuted as host of a weekly reality TV cooking competition, titled Rocco's Dinner Party, on Bravo TV.
2012 45 Years Old 1 More Event
DiSpirito appeared as a celebrity contestant on the June 21, 2012, episode of the Fox dating game show The Choice.
2013 46 Years Old Debuting in 2013, DiSpirito hosts the Food Network reality show Restaurant Divided, where he goes to struggling restaurants where the owners have two differing visions. … Read More
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