Chef Rocco DiSpirito Bio-Wiki, Age, Wife, Recipes, Books and Show

Who is Rocco DiSpirito?

Rocco DiSpirito is an American James Beard award-winning chef, healthy lifestyle crusader, and a highly acclaimed author of thirteen books; including five New York Times bestsellers. He is best known as a celebrity chef and a cookbook author.

DiSpirito is recognized for his inspiring weight loss journey and has dedicated his life to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive.

He is known for his Italian-American cuisine and his innovative fusion cooking. He performed a public service announcement for Do Something to promote food drives for schools in 2006.

DiSpirito also appeared as himself on the ABC television series Castle in the episode “Food to Die For” on May 3, 2010. He then debuted as host of a weekly reality TV cooking competition, titled Rocco’s Dinner Party, on Bravo TV on June 15, 2011. He appeared as a celebrity contestant on the June 21, 2012, episode of the Fox dating game show The Choice.

How Old is Rocco DiSpirito?

DiSpirito was born on 19 November 1966 in Queens, New York, U.S. He is 55 years old as of 2021. Rocco shares his birthday with other famous people such as Adam Driver, Jack Dorsey, Meg Ryan, Jodie Foster, RiceGum, FaZe Rug, Tyga, Regina Ginera, among others.

A photo of Rocco DiSpirito
A photo of Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito Family

Who are Rocco DiSpirito’s Parents?

Rocco was born to Nicolina Dispirito and raised in Queens and Long Island. His mother died in 2013 and Rocco was named executor of Nicolina’s estate, which includes a small Brooklyn apartment building on Pacific Street in East New York.

Does Rocco DiSpirito Have Siblings?

Rocco has an elder brother named Michael and an older sister named Maria. Their mother left Rocco half of her estate, and her other two kids 25 percent each. The three siblings were to split her personal belongings equally. However, Rocco demanded more saying he spent more than a million dollars on Nicolina’s care in her final years that she agreed to repay. As a result, Rocco and his siblings have been feuding over their mother’s Pacific Street building.

Rocco DiSpirito Education

He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York from where he graduated in 1986 later joining Boston University from where he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business.

Rocco DiSpirito Wife

Rocco was previously married to Natalie David. Following their divorce in 2000, neither Rocco nor Natalie has talked about what led to the failure of their marriage. After his divorce, Rocco was allegedly dating Italian actress, Yvonne Scio. The couple got engaged but they later split in 2004.

In 2006, DiSpirito was linked to being dating CNN host Whitney Casey but none of the two revealed much about the relationship.

Rocco DiSpirito Restaurants

DiSpirito is best known for his involvement in Union Pacific, a restaurant he opened in 1997 in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan.

New York Times reviewer Ruth Reichl, in an ecstatic three-star review, reported that a woman at the next table was moaning in uncontrollable ecstasy as she ate but it was then impossible to determine what dish had provoked that reaction since just about every entree was worthy of such moans. He departed Union Pacific in 2004.

Chef Rocco DiSpirito

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 from 2003 to 2004. The Restaurant was canceled and she was successfully sued by the restaurant’s financier Jeffrey Chodorow to have the restaurant shut down and DiSpirito banned from entering the premises.

He 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).

DiSpirito 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. She 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).

DiSpirito appeared on NBC’s The Biggest Loser: Couples (season 5) in an episode that aired on February 5, 2008 (episode 506). In the episode, contestants were challenged to prepare three healthy courses based on DiSpirito’s recipes; DiSpirito judged the food and determined the winning team. The next season he appeared on the second episode (airing September 23, 2008) of The Biggest Loser: Families, taking the “worst” cook of each pair shopping and teaching them to prepare healthy recipes.

Rocco DiSpirito Books | Cookbook

  • The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love  – 2014
  • Now Eat This! 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories: A Cookbook  – 2010
  • The Negative Calorie Diet: 10 All You Can Eat Foods – 2015
  • Rocco’s Healthy & Delicious: More Than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life – 2017
  • Now Eat This! Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks Eating 6 Meals a Day! Rocco DiSpirito – 2011
  • Now Eat This! Italian  – 2012
  • Cook Your Butt Off! Lose Up to a Pound a Day with Fat-Burning Foods and Gluten-Free Recipes  – 2015
  • Flavor – 2003
  • Rocco’s Five Minute Flavor: Fabulous Meals with 5 Ingredients in 5 Minutes  – 2011
  • Rocco’s Real Life Recipes: Fast Flavor for Everyday  – 2007
  • Now Eat This! 100 Quick ♦Calorie Cuts at Home / On-the-Go  – 2011
  • Rocco’s Italian-American  – 2004
  •  ‘   ‘ Gets Real: Cook at Home, Every Day – 2008
  • Rocco’s 5 Minute Flavor – 2005
  • Rocco’s Favorite Menues – 2006
  •  ‘      ‘ Dispirito’s Last-Minute Entertaining – 2006
  • Cook Your Butt Off! Drop Up to 14 Pounds in 14 Days with 75 Gluten-Free Recipes- 2015

Rocco DiSpirito Now Eat This

Since September 15, 2012, he hosts the syndicated television program Now Eat This! with Rocco Dispirito. On the show, he challenges families and individuals to makeover their diets and adopts a healthier lifestyle.

Rocco DiSpirito DWTS

He was also a contestant on season seven of Dancing With The Stars and was paired with professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff. DiSpirito was eliminated on the October 14, 2008, episode and placed ninth overall.

Rocco DiSpirito Salary

Rocco’s salary is not yet revealed.

Rocco DiSpirito Net Worth

Being one of the most popular celebrity TV chefs, DiSpirito has an estimated net worth of $9 million.