or


[05/27/10 - 10:15 AM]
Acclaimed Chef Rocco Dispirito Headlines Bravo Development of New Cooking Show "Rocco's Dinner Party"
The project features DiSpirito as he attempts to see if "aspiring chefs have the chops to impress at a private dinner party attended by his discriminating guests."

[via press release from Bravo]

ACCLAIMED CHEF ROCCO DISPIRITO HEADLINES BRAVO DEVELOPMENT OF NEW COOKING SHOW "ROCCO'S DINNER PARTY"

Star Chef and Best Selling Author Rocco DiSpirito Headlines Series That Tests The Expertise, Creativity And Stamina Of Up and Coming Chefs

NEW YORK, NY - May 27, 2010 - Acclaimed chef Rocco DiSpirito partners with Bravo for development on a weekly cooking competition series, "Rocco's Dinner Party," in which DiSpirito sizes up some of the country's most promising aspiring chefs to see if they have the chops to impress at a private dinner party attended by his discriminating guests. Notional, an IAC company, is teaming up with Bravo on this project that offers an exciting new twist on the culinary competition genre as up - and - coming chefs are given the opportunity to throw a memorable soiree for one of the culinary world's most influential figures. The chefs will hail from all walks of lives - from restaurateurs to caterers to self - taught foodies - and the winner of each episode will be awarded with a cash prize. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.

"We love this concept because it continues Bravo's goal of providing additional forums for creative industries like the culinary arts, with a dramatic personality like Rocco DiSpirito at the head of the table" said Cori Abraham, Vice President, Development.

Each episode will feature four different chefs who will be tasked to create their favorite dish for DiSpirito, and DiSpirito will eliminate one chef following the task. Next, DiSpirito will announce the week's dinner party theme, and the three remaining chefs will create an appetizer and also present their proposed menu for the theme, with one more being eliminated after this task. The two remaining chefs are given the opportunity to create a complete menu and decor incorporating the week's assigned theme. Who will create the best menu to impress DiSpirito's guests, many of the most influential tastemakers today? Who has the attention to detail to create a flawless atmosphere and memorable experience for the dinner party?

DiSpirito, a gifted and accomplished chef and author, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticed with iconic chefs and then jumped into the New York restaurant scene. DiSpirito has operated numerous restaurants including the three - star Union Pacific, for which he appeared on the cover of Food & Wine magazine as "Best New Chef."

DiSpirito is well known to television audiences, starring in NBC's "The Restaurant" and making numerous appearances on programs including "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Today," "The Martha Stewart Show," and many others. DiSpirito has also been a guest judge on Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, "Top Chef."

DiSpirito has written six cookbooks, receiving the James Beard Award for Flavor. His most recent book - - Now Eat This: 150 of America's Fave Comfort Food All Under 350 Calories - - hit the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list.

"There is no greater gift or gesture than to cook for another human being," said DiSpirito. "My favorite moments are when I am entertaining for friends and loved ones. This partnership with Bravo brings to bear all I love about the craft and artistry of cooking in a setting where I am most comfortable - - the dinner table."

The series is being developed by Bravo in partnership with Notional, an IAC company. Dave Noll, Chachi Senior and Linda Lea are executive producers, with Dispirito as producer.

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC Universal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.





  [may 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· MARTHA (HALLMARK)
· RESTAURANT, THE (NBC)
· ROCCO'S DINNER PARTY (BRAVO)
· TOP CHEF (BRAVO)





[01/23/20 - 01:43 PM]
MTV's "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" Returns on Thursday, February 27th at 8PM ET/PT
After a tumultuous year, Mike "The Situation" rejoins the group after his long-awaited release from prison, and the roommates finally feel whole again and ready for a fresh start.

[01/23/20 - 01:28 PM]
Guy Fieri Hosts New Bracket-Style Culinary Competition Series "Tournament of Champions"
The five-part series launches Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00/9:00c on Food Network.

[01/23/20 - 12:51 PM]
92nd Oscars(R) Performers Announced
Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman will perform the nominated songs.

[01/23/20 - 12:48 PM]
Oxygen's "In Ice Cold Blood" Hosted by Ice-T Returns Thursday, February 13 at 9PM ET/PT
During each hour-long episode, in-depth interviews and archival footage merge to spotlight an intriguing mystery, recounted through the lens of expert detective work, unpredictable twists and jaw-dropping discoveries.

[01/23/20 - 12:04 PM]
New Science Channel Series "Curse of the Bermuda Triangle" Premieres February 9
With dozens of years of experience at sea between them, the members of the Triangle Research and Investigation Group, or TRIG team, are led by long time captain and former Coast Guardsman Paul "Moe" Mottice.

[01/23/20 - 11:05 AM]
New Season of "Ballmastrz: 9009" Returns February 23 on Adult Swim
Special guest stars this season include Ed Asner, Rachel Dratch, Jo Firestone, Doc Hammer, Stephanie Sheh and Cree Summer.

[01/23/20 - 10:45 AM]
Travel Channel Renews Haunting Series "The Holzer Files" to Retrace More Cases from America's First Ghost Hunter
The series will return in late 2020 with 13 brand new episodes.

[01/23/20 - 10:13 AM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Renews Four Hit Unscripted Series: "Love & Marriage: Huntsville," "Ready to Love," "Black Women OWN the Conversation" and "Black Love"
The new seasons will air later in 2020.

[01/23/20 - 09:27 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Expands Local Original Content to Argentina, Chile and Colombia with Four New Amazon Original Series
"We know our Prime Video audiences across Latin America are eager for local shows from the best local voices, and we couldn't be more excited to introduce these first local series for Argentina, Chile and Colombia that already have some of the most locally renowned directors and talent attached," said James Farrell.

[01/23/20 - 09:18 AM]
Emmy(R) Award-Winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" Ru-veals Cast for Monumental 12th Season Premiering Friday, February 28th at 8:00PM ET/PT on VH1
The highly anticipated new season brings together thirteen fabulous queens as they vie for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000.

[01/23/20 - 09:02 AM]
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Announces Two More Seasons of Comedy Game Show "Funny You Should Ask"
Hosted by Jon Kelley, the comedy game show is a daily half-hour strip featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash and big laughs.

[01/23/20 - 08:11 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Onto Top Spots with "Chicago" Dramas
The network leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/23/20 - 06:30 AM]
Special "Grammy(R) Moments" Revealed for "The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards(R)"
The first, "Old Town Road All-Stars," will feature current nominees Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, joined by BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and other surprise guests.

[01/22/20 - 02:44 PM]
HBO and Bill Simmons' The Ringer in Production on Music Documentary Series
Executive produced by Simmons, Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino, the series is expected to air in 2021 on HBO as a special six-week event.

[01/22/20 - 01:00 PM]
Dua Lipa, Trevor Noah, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Porter and Keith Urban Among the Presenters Announced for "The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards(R)"
Additionally, previously announced performers Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty and present, as well.