Chef Rocco DiSpirito on Dancing with the Stars – DWTS


Chef Rocco DiSpirito

So it was recently announced who the 13 "Celebrity Contestants" will be on the upcoming seventh season of the wildly popular show, Dancing with the Stars and one is a very familiar name in the cooking world, Rocco DiSpirito. I have never tasted his cooking, but it seems the camera loves him. DiSpirito is a recipient of a James Beard Award and his name and face became familiar with television viewers back in 2003-2004 with a reality show detailing the highs and extreme lows of opening a restaurant on the show, "The Restaurant". Rocco DiSpirito has also made appearances as a guest judge on Top Chef and will soon be featured on the show,"Rocco Gets Real" in which he helps local New Yorkers plan an upcoming meal for an event.


w/ DWTS Cheryl Burke at a Fashion Show

Chef DiSpirito's dancing partner will be Karina Smirnoff. No relation to Smirnoff Vodka. I've seen the show several times, and at one point, DWTS was going to possibly use my home kitchen for some video they were shooting or going to shoot, but this season looks like an exciting one. I'll route for Rocco and Karina, but I still have a bit of Olympic fever, so will also be routing for Cheryl Burke (pictured above) and Olympic Gold Medalist Maurice Green. Let's just hope for Rocco's sake that his stint on Dancing with the Stars ends up much happier than on the show, The Restaurant. Maybe he can slip the judges some of Mama's Famous Meatballs before judging time.

Dancing with the Stars Season 7 Premiers Monday, September 22nd on ABC

For more information on Chef Rocco DiSpirito visit:  Rocco DiSpirito

For more information on Dancing with the Stars visit:  DWTS

For Rocco's Mama's Meatball Recipe visit:  Mama's Meatball Recipe




  1. Linda
    09/09/2008 / 1:37 pm

    Rocco is so handsome!!!

  2. maile
    10/09/2008 / 5:57 pm

    dancing with the stars is one of my favorite shows and I love food shows so this is going to be a dwts season i can’t wait for.

  3. 06/10/2008 / 1:21 pm

    Great pic of you and Cheryl! My vote is for Rocco! He’s trying so hard and is so cute! I, too, just posted on my blog about Rocco and DWTS with some additional recipes!

  4. Mika
    06/10/2008 / 4:01 pm

    Thanks Gena! That is so funny how you mention how hard Rocco is trying..too cute! Look forward to seeing how he and Karina do tonight :).

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