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bio rocco dispirito,

vice chairman

Rocco  DiSpirito Biography 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.   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.  The chef  also delighted customers  by  featuring  his signature  Peconic  Bay  Scallops  &  Uni  dish  first  served at  his  critically  acclaimed  3star  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 years  old,  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  language and sold the world over.  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  latest  cookbook  Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, which inspired DiSpirito’s plant-based, all-natural product line featuring high-protein bars, shakes, protein powders, flours and snacks. 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 starred in Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo.  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. He enjoys bicycling and participating in triathlons.  @RoccoDiSpirito     /       Rocco.Shop Rocco DiSpirito Biography 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.  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. The chef also delighted customers by featuring his signature Peconic Bay Scallops & Uni dish first served at his critically acclaimed 3star 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 years old, 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 language and sold the world over. 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 latest cookbook Rocco’s Healthy  +  Delicious,  which inspired DiSpirito’s  plant-based,  all-natural  product  line featuring  high-protein  bars,  shakes,  protein powders,  flours  and snacks. 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 starred in  Rocco’s  Dinner Party  on Bravo.   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. He enjoys  bicycling  and participating  in triathlons.  


@RoccoDiSpirito         /            Rocco.Shop

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