Italian American celebrity chef talks about growing up Italian American and the positive influence his mother had on his amazing culinary career. Rocco grew up watching his mother cook simple Italian dishes that he says were made with love. DiSpirito praises his mother for all her hard work and accomplishments when she came to America, and how she raised and provided for her family all throughout his childhood.
Rocco says, "This year, Mama turned 83, and she’s still my greatest teacher. She was given a great talent, one that she passed along to me. She also passed along the important duty that comes with any of God’s gifts to us—to share them. It’s why she cooked that frittata for her Rosary group. Why she worked as a lunch lady. Why she even gave away her secret meatball recipe in one of my cookbooks. It’s why I became a chef. I’m just following her lead."
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