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Old 10-01-2004, 04:56 PM   #11
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I thought Roccos restraunt was called "Rocco's"? Is this place still open or did it close?
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Old 10-01-2004, 05:01 PM   #12
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Old 10-01-2004, 05:52 PM   #13
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I thought Roccos restraunt was called "Rocco's"? Is this place still open or did it close?
His original restaurant is called Union Pacific. He was there for quite a while.

Jefferey Chodoro (sp?), a man who has built a restaurant empire, and Rocco went into business together and opened Rocco's. That's the restaurant that was the basis for the reality show, "The Restaurant."

By the time Rocco's was open, Despirito's ego had grown into a monster. He spent more time self-promoting than he did running his restaurants. Chodoro finally got so fed up with the restaurant losing money that he stepped in to take over. They ended up in court and I think while everything is in litigation, the judge locked Rocco out of the restaurant. Lot of drama and Rocco came out of it looking like a spoiled brat.
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Old 10-02-2004, 02:11 AM   #14
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Rocco is an idiot who was only used as a posterboy because his physical traits could be marketed to appeal to the majority of television viewers. He has no clue as to how to run a restaurant, much less be a chef. He was supposed to be somewhat of an Emerill Lagasse who would appeal to the Gen X'ers, as the majority of Emerill's viewers stem from the Baby Boomers. However, Rocco's true charater--or rather lack thereof--materialized on the show in a real life environment, and he could not overcome his deficiencies as a chef.

99% of people out there do not understand that being a great Chef does not necessarily equate to being able to run a restaurant, or even to properly run a kitchen.
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Old 10-02-2004, 10:32 AM   #15
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I never got into the show, although I did watch a couple of the episodes.

My boss has a cookbook by Rocco Espirito, I think it's called "Flavor". It's in my bosses "library" in his office "nook".
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Old 10-02-2004, 03:13 PM   #16
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Rocco is an idiot who was only used as a posterboy because his physical traits could be marketed to appeal to the majority of television viewers. He has no clue as to how to run a restaurant, much less be a chef. He was supposed to be somewhat of an Emerill Lagasse who would appeal to the Gen X'ers, as the majority of Emerill's viewers stem from the Baby Boomers. However, Rocco's true charater--or rather lack thereof--materialized on the show in a real life environment, and he could not overcome his deficiencies as a chef.

99% of people out there do not understand that being a great Chef does not necessarily equate to being able to run a restaurant, or even to properly run a kitchen.
who are some chefs we would have heard of that you admire?
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Old 10-02-2004, 06:08 PM   #17
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I'm not sure if anyone has heard of these Chef's, but they blow anyone that Food Network has out of the water. If anyone has a chance, please try one or more of these restaurants.

Eric Ripert - Le Bernardin, NYC
Charlie Palmer - Aureole, NYC
Terrance Brennan - Picholine, NYC
Daniel Boloud - Restaurant Daniel, NYC
Marcus Samuelsson - Aquavit, NYC
Charlie Trotter - Charlie Trotter's, Chicago
Rick Tramonto - Tru, Chicago
Kevin Shikami - Restaurant Kevin, Chicago
Jimmy Schmidt - The Rattlesnake Club, Detroit
Takashi Yagihashi - Tribtue Restaurant, Farmington Hills, MI
Patrick O'Connell - The Inn at Little Washington, VA
Alice Waters - Chez Panisse, Berkley, CA
Gary Danko - Restaurat Gary Danko, San Fran.
Thomas Keller - The French Laundry, Napa Valley
Hubert Keller - Fluer de Lys, San Fran.
Ron Siegel - Masa's, San Fran.
Tracy des Jardins - Jardiniere, San Fran.
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Old 10-03-2004, 03:07 AM   #18
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Ironchef, have heard of most of them, but have never been able to afford to go to any.

Live about twenty miles from the Inn at Little Washington. But it costs at least one hundred bucks per plate, not including wine, tax and tip, and a deuce cannot get out of the place for less than about $400.

I cannot afford that tab.

If you have enjoyed all of those chefs, God bless you.

I agree Rocco squandered a chance that comes to very few.

In my humble estimation the guy needs a bit of maturing.

Most of us at this forum are home cooks. And there are professionals who help the rest of us out.

Most of us will never, or expect to, reach the culinary expertise of a Thomas or Hubert Keller.

But we do try, and we get by.

And sometimes we can put out a decent meal.

Thank you.

Edited for spelling, I hate when I do that.
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Old 10-03-2004, 09:49 AM   #19
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Well said, auntdot. I also live near-ish to The Inn at Little Washington and would never think of eating there without winning the lottery first!
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Old 10-04-2004, 12:41 AM   #20
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thanks for the tips ironchef. i'll have to see if i can try the ones you mentioned in nyc. if i do, i'll be sure to report back.
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