"Pretty close to a remission," Harper's doctor says.
November 19, 1966 in Queens, New York, USA
Blessed with leading man looks and an innovative cooking style, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito brought his passion for and reinvention of traditional Italian-American cooking to the masses via a series of popular restaurants, cookbooks and television programs. Named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs in 1999, DiSpirito went from budding restaurateur to reality star on "The Restaurant" (NBC, 2003-04). The author of numerous critically acclaimed cookbooks boasting recipes as varied as Italian meatballs and pomegranate and cinnamon-lacquered duck, DiSpirito proved to be a fresh new face in the world of culinary arts with his progressive fusion-style of cooking. Taking a break from cooking in 2008, DiSpirito partnered with Ukrainian dancer Karina Smirnoff on the seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), no doubt raising his profile outside the culinary world. Although he continued to stick with the basics for such best-selling cookbooks as 2008's Rocco Gets Real: Cook at Home, Ever Day, DiSpirito put his abundant charm to good use with acting cameos on hit shows like "Castle" (ABC, 2008- ). In a return to the kitchen and dining room, "Rocco's Dinner Party" (Bravo, 2011- ) gave longtime food fans more of what they craved from the chef. In a sea of celebrity chefs, DiSpirito stood out from the pack with his combination of looks, personality and, above all, a focus on simple, healthy Italian-influenced cooking that appealed to even the most jaded gastronomist. LessBlessed with leading man looks and an innovative cooking style, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito brought his passion for and … More