Communal Table Podcast: Rocco DiSpirito

The chef and cookbook author talks about why therapy is a lifesaver and how to snap back to feeling like a chef.

Communal Table Podcast featuring Rocco DiSpirito
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Episode 86: Rocco DiSpirito

In 1999, Food & Wine named Rocco DiSpirito as one of its Best New Chefs—a vote of confidence in the future of a brilliant young cook who earned the esteem of his peers as well as a rabid fanbase of diners captivated by the handsome fella who quickly became a staple of the gossip pages. Just a few years later at the height of his fame, DiSpirito walked away from the restaurant world, leaving colleagues and fans scratching their heads and spinning theories. DiSpirito shared his story with Food & Wine last year after returning to the restaurant world, opening up about his physical and emotional struggles, and taking care of his mother in the years before her death. A lot has changed in the months since the article came out, so we got on the phone with DiSpirito for a very frank and open conversation about the importance of mental health care (and how to get it), weathering loss and change, and feeling like a chef again even if circumstances are keeping you out of a restaurant kitchen right now.

Links and Resources

Learn more about Rocco:

Buy: Rocco's Keto Comfort Food Diet

Read: Where'd You Go, Rocco DiSpirito?

Cope: The Food & Wine Pro Guide to Mental Health and Sobriety Resources

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