Named “Sexiest Chef Alive” by People magazine, Rocco DiSpirito’s ability to offset classical European techniques with unconventional, vivid flavor has earned him scores of accolades, including “America’s Best New Chef” by Food and Wine, “Most Exciting Young Chef,” by Gourmet, and an award for best cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. He began his culinary career at age 11 in his mother’s Italian-American kitchen and later enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated with honors in 1986. Rocco is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Now Eat This! Diet, a follow up to 2010’s Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories, in which he transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes, all with no bad carbs, no bad fats, no sugar, and maximum flavor. His television credits include Rocco’s Dinner Party, The Biggest Loser, Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America and Top Chef.