By David DiPin
The Pineapple Contributing Writer
Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito served up a free cooking demonstration and healthy words of wisdom at Sur La Table Cooking School in Mizner Park last month. The famed chef was in town to support the James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America!” tour. The previous night, Chef Rocco designed a four-course dinner with fellow James Beard award-winning Chef Christopher Lee and Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro at The Forge in Miami Beach.
At the Mizner Park event, Chef Rocco showed how to prepare a healthy Tuna Crudo at the free demonstration to 50 cooking school students and guests and was on hand to sign his new book, Cook Your Butt Off!
During the event, a representative from global electronics company Breville gave attendees a chance to win a blender and microwave. A married couple left with a Breville Boss™ blender and another woman won a Breville Quick Touch™ microwave. A representative from Breville also gave DiSpirito a Breville Boss. Just prior to the married couple winning the Breville Boss, Susan Eves, a hospital unit secretary from Loxahatchee, stood up with arms outstretched but sat down quietly when she didn’t win. Chef Rocco proceeded to give his new blender to Eves.
Known for his healthy cookbooks, Chef Rocco led a top TV show series, The Restaurant, and owned a three-star restaurant, Union Pacific. Prior to writing his cookbooks, he said he was constantly tired and in need of ideas to get healthier. He told the crowd at the event that he started eating better and exercising. A year later, he was able to complete the Iron Man St. Croix.
Chef Rocco accomplished this with a change in his diet and lifestyle, Chef Rocco said, “I was able to prevent illnesses from attacking my body. The healthy recipes I came up with transformed my life.” Some of those healthy recipes were printed in his most recent book, Cook Your Butt Off!
For more details about the book, visit DiSpirito’s website at www.roccodispirito.com.