Monday, September 22, 2008

Rocco Dispirito Dances with Absurdity


I think Rocco Dispirito needs a new publicity agent. You know the kind I mean: an agent who will not let him take on work that actually has something to do with who he is (a chef) and not make him look foolish.

Beginning with his embarrassingly awful reality show "The Restaurant" RD's media work has been so terrible that it only shows up on my radar screen when it is so bad that I cannot ignore it. The last time I paid any attention to him he was endorsing cat food. Then this morning, the news that he is going to be on "Dancing with the Stars" showed up in my inbox.

I'm sorry, I am not making this up. Now I'm begging to wish I did not write this.

10 comments:

redman said...

I think it's especially ironic b/c when I was in culinary school in upstate NY in the mid-late nineties, this guy was all the rage. His restaurant in the city, union pacific, if I recall correctly, was well reviewed by Ruth Reichl, 3 stars, and culinary students were constantly talking about it. It was one of those places where lots of people wanted to stage or get an externship. Just another pretty face?

Tags said...

Funny, Steve Guttenberg is just the guy I'd pick to portray Rocco in his life story

if there was enough interest in his life story to greenlight the project.

Jennie/Tikka said...

This guy's greatest talent is cooking....but getting him to do that is like getting a cat to like water. Why won't he just cook???

blondee47 said...

oh Robert Irvine, where are you when we need you??!! What, Rocco edged you out?

Arundathi said...

I agree - you can't blame the PR people when the "chef" is happy to act/ direct/ dance and just wont cook?! whats up with that!

GonzoGastronomy said...

What's weird is that every bone in my body wants to agree with you because I did watch the train wreck known as The Restaurant, and I do know what AMAZING cuisine the man is capable of, but about a week ago I remember Gary Vaynerchuk talk on his blog about doing whatever you feel you want to do despite what others think you "should" be doing (i.e. telling Gary he should just stick to wine). People are SUPPOSED to grow and change and explore....we are ornanic, not static.

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GonzoGastronomy said...

i meant organic ;-)

Bob del Grosso said...

gonzogastronomy

I agree with you "we should all do what we want to do." But I'd add the proviso that we should "do what we want to do as long as we do not diminish ourselves or others in the doing."

Deborah Dowd said...

Bob, how about you and Cheryl Burke?! I would definitely watch! You would be a lot more interesting than Rocco. Next thing you know he will be advertising for one of those personal injury attorneys.

GonzoGastronomy said...

Bob, he's only diminishing himself in your eyes, not his....his are the only ones he needs to see through.