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Rocco, He's Baaaaaaack...

It will be interesting to see if he has added humble pie to his repertoire:


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    1. well, bravo is all about dramatics......

      1. that was hilarious. and about as interesting as Rocco's show's premise sounds. 8-(

        1. It sounds like another train wreck about to happen for Rocco.

          1. Hard to believe this is the same genius that was behind Union Pacific back in the late 90s. Sad.

            1. So, is this the culinary equivalent of a 20 car pileup? Too gruesome to watch, but you can't help yourself.

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              1. re: Phaedrus

                Brilliant description! LOL

                Interesting comment from "Rupert Pupkin", who claims to have worked as a chef under DiSpirito: "He can cook. But his naked ambition for stardom is akin to that of Heidi Montag, plastic surgery notwithstanding. ........ It is my fervent hope that karma alights on his chef tights and finally delivers one for all of us who have unfortunately fallen victim to his unethical and often-times cruel practices."

              2. Amazing photo -- all lit up with high wattage full-of-himself-ness!

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                1. re: Sharuf

                  The pic of him made me laugh waaaaayy too much! A perfect example of a sh*t-eating grin if there ever was.

                  Thanks for posting! :)

                2. I think we knew that this was pretty much bound to happen.

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                  1. re: Withnail42

                    I watched the Restaurant a long time ago, but I still don't understand this whole Rocco hate that people still hold onto all these years?

                    1. re: hobbess

                      To me it's not hate, that's such a strong word. I am just disappointed in him. I had the pleasure of dining several times at his Union Pacific restaurant in NYC in the 90s. He was so young and so talented back then. To see what has happened to his career is disappointing.

                      1. re: hobbess

                        I don't think it's hate... at least not for me. I watched the Restaurant too and Rocco's inability to see that what he was doing or not doing directly impacted his restaurant and his staff. I realize that editing showed us only what the editors wanted us to see, but this guy was clueless about the nuts and bolts of running a restaurant. Sure he could cook, but he had no people skills when dealing his staff and surely had no skills when it came to paying the bills. It's like he was promoted to the level of his incompetence. He blamed everyone for his failure, but himself.

                        1. re: vafarmwife

                          Perhaps, hate might not be apropos term for some people.

                          But, I always got the sense that there was a certain degree of schadenfreude where a lot of people were gleefully delighted whenever Rocco stumbled.

                          Years after Union Pacific closed, Anthony Bourdain was still using Rocco as a running joke.

                          Even if we agree that Rocco's career has been disappointing, I've always been curious why people still delighted in seeing Rocco struggle. In the late 90s, years after Wall Street, would movie fans perked up anytime they heard something bad happened to Charlie Sheen? Charlie Sheen's career has recovered since then and he's made a lot of money from TV, but he was supposed to be the next Tom Cruise.

                          1. re: hobbess

                            I think Rocco, to his credit, has stuck to his guns and gone about doing what he wants, regardless of what people say. My real disappointment is that he has such low expectations of himself. And I think that is what most people are lamenting, including Bourdain. If he wanted to get out of the kitchen, it is his right, it's just that he'd picked such strange and unappetizing ways to do it.

                        2. re: hobbess

                          I don't think it's hate. He's more of an example of an excellent chef (dinner at Union Pacific years ago was truly memorable) who made some bad career choices. And has seemingly continued to do so.

                      2. I've always felt that Rocco is a bright guy who suffers from ADHD. He can be brilliantly creative but has difficulty with followup and detail. Even in normal conversation you can hear him changing subjects from one sentence to the other.

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                        1. re: junescook

                          but he wasn't like that when he was on "melting pot" on FN.

                          1. re: alkapal

                            I think that it's one thing to prepare a dish and even have lots of charisma being able to teach how to cook, but to be able to manage the details of a business and employees is something else. I also recall that when he had a program in which he also included his mother, he'd often slide off topic. Most specifically when doing Food Talk, the WOR call-in radio show that was started by Arthur Schwartz and then hosted by a number of others including Tyler Florence, Rocco and finally Michael Colameko, Rocco would never get around to answering the listeners' questions, he'd always go off on a tangent.

                            1. re: junescook

                              Were the tangents food related? If so, I wouldn't mind giving Rocco's WOR radio show a tryout.

                              I've listened to most of the food pocasts out there, including Colameko's one which I could never really get into.

                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                              I don't see a difference. Two different angles and different lighting is all I notice.

                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                Right, and if you look at pictures of him now he looks totally normal. I really doubt he had any work done.

                                1. re: bookhound

                                  Maybe it is the clownish white face powder and lipstick. Very... what is the name of the guy who did his personal biz in the movie theater? Ummm Peewee Herman!

                            2. I can't stand the sight of him or his mother who caudles him. She brags about him and rambles on and on........

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                              1. re: itryalot

                                When is the last time you saw Rocco's mother on anything?

                                1. re: bookhound

                                  Not recently but she left such a negative impression with me; I felt he used her too.

                                  1. re: itryalot

                                    Seven years to hold a grudge maybe too long.

                                    1. re: bookhound

                                      I saw them together on PBS yesterday...

                                      1. re: rozz01

                                        Thank you; I know they still do the mama and son shtick. Seven years is not too long if it is related to a person's character and quality.

                                        1. re: itryalot

                                          I heard mother and son on WOR radio this week. Amazing how they can even get a gig like this! AFter each commercial, he came back and said hello to about 10 friends and relatives who were supposedly listening to the program. Then he asks Mama one or another inane question and she mumbles something. Then a caller phones in to say how much she loves him and there is more chatter. And then, guess what, time for another commercial. And this is supposed to be a food show??? He was plugging a new book. It would be pathetic if he weren't so full of himself.

                              2. Still kicking and now with a new tv show?

                                Hope it is less pathetic than his last radio gig and that he leaves Mama at home:


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                                1. re: erica

                                  "Each episode has DiSpirito judging four aspiring chefs to see if they have what it takes to impress at a private dinner party attended by his discriminating guests. The chefs are asked to create their favorite dish, then a themed appetizer and then a complete menu for the dinner party. After each task, one chef will be eliminated."
                                  So it's Bravo's version of "Chopped!"

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    And "Chopped" is pretty much a riff on "Top Chef." So...wait...Bravo is imitating an imitation of its own show? Confusing.