The premise of Rocco DiSpirito's new Bravo series, Rocco's Dinner Party, is "belittle the chef." Honestly, Rocco, if you need to do that sort of thing to make yourself feel more important, then maybe you should re-examine some of your life choices (getting in bed with Jeffrey Chodorow, hawking cat food, selling your mother's meatballs on QVC, competing on Dancing With the Stars, and of course, desecrating brownies).
Three chefpetitors (can't call them "cheftestants" now, can I?) - this week it's Geoff, Britt, and JJ - meet Rocco on an elaborate set that is supposed to be DiSpirito's loft. Not only does it have a huge kitchen, but also three separate dining rooms, each with a different theme. (Purina must pay well.) Rocco tells the three that he is having a dinner party and would like two of the chefs to create a multi-course meal for his guests, but first, an elimination challenge. Each chefpetitor must create a signature dish for Rocco's approval, one of which will not make the cut.
Time is called and the three chefpetitors present their dishes to Rocco on the Altar of Judgement. He gives JJ a completely unnecessary verbal smackdown over his dish, sneering something to the effect of "Diver scallops, corn bacon - never heard of that before!"
Back in the kitchen, we find that Chef Geoff is serving first. He scrambles to assemble his five course meal in the four-hour time allotment. He's making a sweet potato soup, black cod, short ribs, and a creme brulée. But wait - there's a twist. Rocco stops by to tell the chefpetitors that some of his guests have dietary restrictions. (And you know he knew all about these issues before the chefs went shopping, but it's not douchey enough to inform the chefs while they're planning their menus.) One is a vegetarian (of course) and one doesn't consume pork or alcohol in any form. In other words - he's no fun at all.
The guests enter Geoff's dining room and marvel over the gangster-style decor. Food comes soon and generally everything is enjoyed, even by the Great Chef Rocco DiSpirito. That is, until they get to the fish course, when Rocco is convinced that Geoff doesn't know the difference between black cod and a hole in the ground. Then, adding insult to injury, the meat course is a bit late, causing a scowling Rocco to stomp off to the kitchen to see what's holding up the works.
conjoined twin myslexia.
The short ribs are well-worth the wait and everyone seems happy. Even the vegetarian, Christine Ebersole, who has been receiving alternate versions of every dish. Finally, the dessert comes out, topped with a cloud of spun sugar, and ends the party on a sweet note.
After only one dish, shrimp with overcooked grits, Rocco feels the need to make JJ nervous in the kitchen. This time Marcus comes in with him to up the ante.
Makes me wonder if Rocco would have taken a swig of hooch from Geoff's bottles had he won the challenge.
Thus concludes episode 1. How many more of these can I do without feeling dirty?
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