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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

We Love To Hate -- Rocco DiSpirito

I used to like Rocco.
Cute and endearing on the surface. Recently, I caught an episode of The Restaurant2 (don't ask) and turned my opinion 180 degrees. In the episode I saw, he fired the head chef of his restaurant for (what sounded like) legitimate reasons... being a yes-man during meetings, then going back to the kitchen and continuing to run things the way he always had, which just happen to have resulted in success. Rocco called the chef's actions insubordination. The more I watched, the more it sounded more like a power play by Rocco.

After firing the head chef, Rocco volunteers to chef until they can hire a replacement. Rocco steps in, much to the dismay of the rest of the kitchen staff, makes a few meals, then sneaks up to make an appearance in the dining room. Busy looking cute and making new friends, Rocco forgets all about the poor chefs still in the kitchen, causing restaurant patrons to not only have to wait more than an hour to be served appetizers, but some are never served at all. Bad business, Rocco.

With the failure of the restaurant, Rocco is putting his name on lots of new stuff like wine clubs, items at QVC (yeah, Rocco is really using that FoodSaver, I'll bet), and of course tons of cookbooks. For only double the price, you can have Rocco write a personal message in your signed copy. For my $75, Rocco better give me more than a little ink.

You can read the transcripts of Rocco's radio appearances here. I'll summarize what you'll find there: lots of lame jokes by Rocco who is only interested in accessing your dollars. If you are a freshly implanted 20-year-old, Rocco might be willing to share his 5-minute flavor.

5 comments:

Mona said...

Wow how disgusting. I can't believe that guy. Glad I never gave him the time of day. His smile gives off so much charm, too bad it's only face deep...

Grommie said...

Face deep indeed... LOL

Cate said...

I loved watching the show, just to see the other side of how the kitchen and restaurant operate behind the scenes. A shame Rocco's ego brought it down...

Anonymous said...

Self centered and flambouant. ove the show but just get so upset with his work ethic. Gordon Ramsey is so rough but much better of a leader and a chef. Least he is keeping things real. Rocco gotta go buddy!! Your 15 is over!!

Linda said...

I am soo upset. Rocco is totally incompetent as a manager. He has absolutely no idea of what's going on in his own kitchen and yet he makes decisions based on.. yeah, based on what? He should focus on what he is good at: be in pictures with guest. The rest is better without him.