Rocco DiSpirito is having a dinner party, and everyone with basic cable is invited.
The famed Italian-American chef, author and TV personality is ready to make the jump from A&E, where his last television foray, 'Rocco Gets Real,' was unceremoniously put into a deep freeze to Bravo, where 'Rocco's Dinner Party' is just heating up.
Bravo's blog, The Dish, reports that each episode of the hour-long cooking competition will pit four aspiring chefs against each other in three challenges, with one being eliminated after each round. The two who remain for the final task will conceptualize a swanky soiree for some of DiSpirito's fabulous friends and industry insiders -- and nab a cash prize.
DiSpirito first shot to fame in 1997 after a rare rave review from New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl claimed that a woman seated near her at his Union Pacific eatery began moaning a la 'When Harry Mets Sally' after eating a bite of his tuna tartare.
The Queens, NY, native is no stranger to TV, having hosted a couple of shows of his own, including 'The Restaurant' on NBC, and he has also served as a guest on Bravo's cult-fave 'Top Chef.'