Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito is a James Beard award-winning chef, healthy lifestyle crusader and
#1 New York Times bestselling author who is dedicated to proving that healthy and
delicious are not mutually exclusive.
Most recently, DiSpirito brought his creative vision and culinary talents to the iconic
Standard Grill restaurant at The Standard, High Line. As Chef, he...

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Rocco DiSpirito is a James Beard award-winning chef, healthy lifestyle crusader and
#1 New York Times bestselling author who is dedicated to proving that healthy and
delicious are not mutually exclusive.
Most recently, DiSpirito brought his creative vision and culinary talents to the iconic
Standard Grill restaurant at The Standard, High Line. As Chef, he reimagined a menu
of healthful and indulgent options, led a visual redesign of the dining room and
elevated the kitchen with an expanded raw bar and new Binchotan-fired Josper grill
from Spain. Offering exquisite, fresh, organic, locally sourced and gluten-free meals,
his celebrated return to a restaurant kitchen earned high praise, including a notable
2-star New York Times review. Rocco also delighted customers by featuring his
signature Peconic Bay Scallops & Uni dish first served at his critically acclaimed 3-
star restaurant, Union Pacific, which was a culinary landmark in NYC for many
years.
Growing up in Queens, New York, DiSpirito’s love of food began at a young age,
where his mother taught him how to make simple, magnificent meals using only a
handful of real foods. His passion for cooking led him to study at the Culinary
Institute of America and Boston University, where he graduated early to embark on
his culinary career. By the time he turned 20, he was working in the kitchens of
legendary chefs around the globe. He was named Food & Wine magazine’s “Best
New Chef,” People magazine’s “Sexiest Chef” and was the first chef to appear on
Gourmet magazine’s cover as “America’s Most Exciting Young Chef.”
He is the author of thirteen books, which have been translated into multiple
languages and sold all over the world. His first book, Flavor, earned DiSpirito a
James Beard award and showed readers how to create bold, sophisticated yet
surprisingly easy meals. His bestselling cookbook series, Now Eat This, inspired
DiSpirito’s syndicated television show, Now Eat This! With Rocco DiSpirito, which
he also executive produced. Additionally in 2012, DiSpirito founded his production
house, Savory Place Media, whose first project for AOL Originals, Now Eat This! Italy,
became an instant Top 10 series and received millions of views.
A global #1 bestselling phenomenon, The Pound A Day Diet book led DiSpirito to
create a bespoke meal delivery service, which he currently runs in New York City.
He prepares fresh, delicious, ready-to-eat meals that are delivered to clients across
the country. Each client receives a menu completely customized to help reach their
weight loss, lifestyle and health goals, and features only the best, local, natural,
organic, no sugar added, gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients.
After this runaway hit, DiSpirito introduced The Negative Calorie Diet, which also
debuted as a New York Times bestseller, followed by his cookbook, Rocco’s Healthy
+ Delicious, which inspired DiSpirito’s plant-based, all-natural product line featuring
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high-protein bars, shakes, protein powders, flours and snacks. His newest cookbook,
Rocco’s Keto Comfort Food Diet, shows readers how to eat the foods you miss and
still lose up to a pound a day.
He frequently appears as a special guest judge on Guy’s Grocery Games. He has
guided life-changing transformations as the Healthy Food Coach on ABC’s Extreme
Weight Loss, hosted the cooking competition show Restaurant Divided on Food
Network and has starred in Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo.
DiSpirito regularly appears on national television shows such as ABC’s Good
Morning America, CBS’s The Talk, ABC’s The View, Extra, E! News and The Dr. Oz
Show
His remarkable weight loss journey has played a significant role in his cooking
philosophy as well as his charitable efforts for over a decade now. To that end, he
serves as an Ambassador for HealthCorps, inspiring students at schools across the
country to build healthier habits. Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, presented
DiSpirito with the organization’s highest honor, the Golden Heart Award.
Additionally, in September 2017, he earned the champion title of the hit Food
Network series, Guy’s Grocery Games: Superstars, and donated the $40,000 grand
prize to HealthCorps.
Advocating on behalf of food issues has been one of the most rewarding experiences
of DiSpirito’s life. He is an Entertainment Council member for Feeding America,
advisor with Wellness in the Schools (WITS), and frequent volunteer at food banks
throughout NYC. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, DiSpirito donated 500 warm
meals a day for two months from his Now Eat This food truck.
He is hailed as a leading health expert and is often called upon to speak at events,
including the Partnership for a Healthier America summit in Washington, D.C.
In Rocco’s free time, he enjoys bicycling and participating in triathlons.
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