For a man to cook for a woman is probably the ultimate gesture of love and care and generosity because men typically don’t cook for women. I would never, ever think of doing that to the kitchen. In fact, I cook more now than I ever did when I ran a restaurant. When you write cookbooks, you’re constantly cooking and developing recipes.When a man does something maternal and nurturing and sensitive, it doesn’t matter what you serve. So, how many of the kitchens that you’ve presided over have you had sex in? There’s a sensitivity and a sensuality to cooking, but it’s not like that. You’ve written five books, you had two seasons on NBC, you’ve guest-judged . From my first cookbook to my last, I’ve shifted from a very professional chef’s point of view to a home cook’s perspective. When I transitioned from the restaurant to the home, I realized I didn’t really know how to cook at home. I realized that cooking at home was more difficult than cooking in restaurants: I didn’t have an army of prep cooks, the big muscular stove, the endless stream of clean cookware, and I found I had to do the shopping and the prep work and the cleaning.Does being a successful celebrity chef make it impossible to have a restaurant? The more successful you are, the further it can take you from what you love.
So now you not only had to be a great craftsman and have a point of view, but you also have to be [a name].
When Union Pacific—the late Manhattan restaurant that made Rocco famous (before primetime came calling) —shut down after a seven-year run, he issued a statement to the New York saying, "I have made a decision to take a break from the day-to-day operations of a restaurant to focus on other opportunities outside the restaurant world." Focus on other opportunities he did, from "selling sausages" on the QVC shopping network to making reality TV a veritable full-time career path: guest judging on . Perfectly controlled, he manages to be both passionate and cautious at the same time.
So, I keep hearing you’re a ladies’ man—over and over and over, actually. Listen, I think any time anyone’s interested in you, you should consider yourself very lucky! What meal would you make to get into someone’s pants?
I don’t know that I said but it’s certainly not in my plans right now.
I’m really focused on cooking at home and helping the everyday home cook.