Rocco DiSpirito entered the Culinary Institute of America at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen began working with legendary chefs worldwide. The James Beard Award winning chef opened the Union Pacific in New York City, where he established his culinary credentials. He was named "Food & Wine" s Best New Chef and was the first chef to grace the cover of "Gourmet" as America s Most Exciting Young Chef. DiSpirito stars in his own syndicated television show, "Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito", and he is the author of nine cookbooks, including the "New York Times "bestsellers "Now Eat This! Diet" and "Now Eat This! Italian".