Last night, I threw the “Perfect Summer Dinner Party,” but I threw in something else: The chefs had to coax maximum flavor from a minimum of calories and fat. Each dish had to be under 350 calories and under 10 grams of fat.
Although calorie-light meals are a great lure for dieting customers, not all chefs are crazy about the concept. After all, they have at their fingertips all the ingredients from which highly caloric masterpieces are made -- butter, cream, eggs, sugar, chocolate, foie gras, and liqueurs are untouchables when a chef attempts low-calorie, low-fat dishes.
All that fattening stuff was off limits to the chefs who created last night’s dinner party. I didn’t leave them in the lurch though. I armed them with my latest book, The Now Eat This! Diet – part of my series of books on healthy, delicious, low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat recipes. Because of my own weight battles (I was once popping buttons at 30 pounds too heavy) and cardiovascular issues (a doctor asked me to draw up a will on the spot), I’ve spent the last several years devoted to healthy cooking that tastes amazing and helps you stay absurdly fit. My secret has been to rework America’s favorite (and fattening) comfort foods into flavorful, low-calorie, low-fat renditions that taste as good, if not better. Think fried chicken, pizza, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate ice cream. Yes, you can eat all that if you prepare it using the techniques and recipes in my books. OK, enough of the plug … let me introduce last night’s chefs.
Fabio Capparelli – Executive Chef at Park Central Hotel in New York City. Amazing, Fabio was only 20 years old and already an executive chef! I was impressed by his youth and accomplishments. His dad is a chef and Fabio wanted to make him proud.
Jen De Palma – Owner of Jen De Palma Catering in New York City. She’s an Italian-Colombian chef in constant motion in the kitchen. Jen reminded me of Julia Child; she was drinking her wine and pouring it into whatever she was making.
Ryan Poli – Executive Chef at Tavernita Restaurant in Chicago. He started cooking in restaurants at the age of 17!
I love the one comment, definitely bring Bethenny Frankel as a guest! Also where can we find some of these recipes on the show? I would love to make the Matza Brie that was made for Jeff Ross. Please share!
Besides eating healthy I'm sure you work out as well. I will be buying your book. I love food and cooking healthy is the only way I cook. I love the Cooking Light Magazine but want to check out your book too. I'm always searching different ways to cook the foods that I love that are less fattening.
Ugh, I am so tired of people pushing the "dietary fat makes you fat" myth. What's worse is that "animal fat gives you heart disease" myth.
I just viewed the "Town and Country" episode and I wanted to try that shrimp wrapped in potato dish. Where would I find that kitchen tool that makes the potato look like spaghetti, and what is it called? Really love the show by the way. Thanks
I dont think the vegan chef really had a chance to shine on the town and country episode. Sure he overspiced the seitan, but when you are nervous, that sometimes happens. I think his menu would have been awesome. There is a stereotype for vegans (the animal activist) that is absolutely not true for all of us, including me. I went vegan two years ago because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and would not accept the diagnosis. My change is diet virtually took type 2 diabetes out of my health picture and it needs to be spotlighted more for others suffering horrendous damage to their health because of this disease.
I also agree with one of the other bloggers about Rocco's cockiness. It seems to be running through the TV chef world like wild fire right now and it shows lack of humility from whence they came. We watch to learn cooking techniques and not because of your guests coming to dinner or that you are Rocco De Spirito. One needs to remember the humble beginnings to really connect with the people watching the show.
I love Rocco. He's passionate and very considerate about other people. I also think he's sexy! Great show Rocco! Love your confidence.
I love Rocco and his new show. He's confident, not cocky and it's a real turn on. He's passionate and considerate of his guests and the chefs as well. Great show! He is so sexy!
In love his Now Eat This Diet. I have lost 30 lbs since April following his recipes and tips. It really works. Thank you Rocco!!!