‘Rocco’s Dinner Party’

Celebrity Q&A
on August 14, 2011

Rocco DiSpirito hosts Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo showing some great dinner parties. Are the ones in his real life just as great?
—Alfred Bates, Lincoln, Neb.

“The fact is chefs never get invited to dinner parties because no one wants to cook for us,” says the 44-year-old chef/author.

“One of the most wonderful dinner parties I’ve ever been to was Liza Minnelli’s 65th birthday party. I couldn’t believe I was sitting at that table, listening to those stories.

“I had several out-of-body experiences at that dinner table. Liza, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Cumming, Kenneth Cole and Sam Harris were there. When Sam Harris composed a song with lyrics on the spot about our dinner party and literally used moments that we had just had, so I know he didn’t do it in advance, and sang it beautifully to us, I was like, ‘This is an amazing job. I am so happy to be here.’”

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