both of Rocco’s restaurants close.

both of Rocco’s restaurants close.
The restaurant featured in The Restaurant closed forever last week, long after chef/owner/drama queen Rocco DiSpirito was escorted from the premises and told never to show his swollen face there again. Next week, he will no longer be the chef at his first restaurant, Union Pacific, which will close in late December. While he left Rocco’s on 22nd after a court order, Union Pacific’s owners say the decision to remove Rocco from the kitchen and close the restaurant was made mutually. Right. Rocco says in a predictable “perusing other opportunities” statement, “I found my culinary soul at Union Pacific, and my collaboration with Main Street Restaurant Partners has been a great experience for me. 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. Chef Laurent Tourondel is an excellent chef, and I wish him much success.” Next up for Rocco, according to an e.mail message he sent to Superchefblog and others: Rocco appears on QVC to hawk “Rocco’s Cooking In A Vacuum system that will show you a whole new, easy way to cook healthy, flavorful food.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.