$81M pledged during SU2C telethon

$81M pledged during SU2C telethon

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- More than $81 million has been pledged as a result of last week's Hollywood telecast, the organization Stand Up to Cancer said Monday.
Hanks, Berry set for cancer telethon

Hanks, Berry set for cancer telethon

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake and Sofia Vergara are among the dozens of Hollywood stars to take part in Friday's "Stand Up to Cancer" telecast.
Hemingway, DiSpirito to judge Miss USA

Hemingway, DiSpirito to judge Miss USA

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Rocco DiSpirito, Tyson Chandler, Mariel Hemingway and Lil Jon will be among those judging Sunday's 2011 Miss USA Pageant, organizers said.
Rocco working on new Bravo cooking show

Rocco working on new Bravo cooking show

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is developing a weekly cooking competition series called "Rocco's Dinner Party," the U.S. cable network Bravo announced.
Dispirito to guest star on TV's 'Castle'

Dispirito to guest star on TV's 'Castle'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito has agreed to guest star on an upcoming, food-themed episode of the U.S. mystery series "Castle," ABC announced Monday.
Toni Braxton voted off of 'Dancing'

Toni Braxton voted off of 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Toni Braxton and her partner Alec Mazo were eliminated from the competition series "Dancing with the Stars" during Tuesday night's results episode.
DiSpirito eliminated from 'DWTS'

DiSpirito eliminated from 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff were the latest couple eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars."
No one booted on Tuesday's 'DWTS'

No one booted on Tuesday's 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Misty May-Treanor's tendon injury and withdrawal from "Dancing with the Stars" meant no contestants were eliminated on Tuesday night's program.
2 to get booted in 1st week of 'Dancing'

2 to get booted in 1st week of 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Two couples are to be eliminated from the first week of competition on the upcoming seventh season of the U.S. series "Dancing with the Stars," ABC said.

'Rocco' DiSpirito re-entering reality TV

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (UPI) -- Chef Rocco DiSpirito, known to TV viewers for the NBC show "The Restaurant," is filming a pilot for a new reality show for U.S. TV.

Rocco DiSpirito leaves WOR radio

NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Former reality TV chef Rocco DiSpirito has abruptly left New York radio station WOR, it was reported Sunday.

Rocco DiSpirito hosts 'Food Talk' on radio

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Reality TV chef Rocco DiSpirito, who stared in NBC's "The Restaurant," is slated to do a New York City-based radio show on WOR-AM.

Reality TV chef no longer cooking

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Reality TV chef Rocco DiSpirito has lost his second restaurant in two months after being ousted from New York's Union Pacific eatery.

Rocco DiSpirito barred from 'own' eatery

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- New York City's celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and his former restaurant partner, Jeffrey Chodorow, are headed into a courtroom to settle their differences.

Celebrity chef Rocco counter sues partners

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Rocco DiSpirito from NBC's "The Restaurant" has filed a lawsuit blaming his business partners for the failure of his New York restaurant.
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Rocco DiSpirito
Rocco Dispirito poses for pictures at the Daytime Emmy's at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 21, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Rocco DiSpirito (born November 19, 1966) is an Italian American chef based in New York City.

DiSpirito was born in Queens, New York City, New York. He is a 1986 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and a 1990 graduate of Boston University with a bachelor's degree in business. DiSpirito is known for his Italian-American cuisine and his innovative fusion cooking.

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. A year later, 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 impossible to determine what dish had provoked that reaction, since just about every entree was worthy of such moans. He left Union Pacific in 2004.

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