Rocco's Dinner Party

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Competition offers a menu of celebrities and salty language.

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Positive Messages

It’s a competition, but the overall show highlights how much fun dining around a table with good food and good experience can be.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rocco's critiques are sometimes strong, but he is always respectful and supportive of the chefs.


Competitors sometimes exchange mild barbs.


Words like “ass” and terms like “breaking my balls” are audible; the word “s--t” is occasionally audible, but the word “f--k” is always bleeped.


High-end New York food stores like Garden of Eden are featured. Performers like Liza Minnelli, actors like Law & Order’s S. Epatha Merkeson, and Top Chef Masters winners are featured every week.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is used as an ingredient in some dishes. Wine is served over meals. Champagne toasts are made to the winner. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mild competition series serves up lots of talented chefs, celebrity diners, and interesting meals. The language is sometimes a little salty ( the word “f--k” is bleeped, while the word “s--t” occasionally isn't). Alcohol (wine, champagne) consumption is common. Despite some critiquing of the chef’s dishes, the overall series respects and celebrates the talents of the chefs competing on the show.

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Adult Written bynydesigner111 June 16, 2011

Party like a Rock Star, jes Gordon

Part of the show is how you decorate the room to celebrate with friends. I think this is something the family can do together, and kids can help! Whether elabor... Continue reading

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What's the story?

ROCCO’S DINNER PARTY is a cooking competition that gives talented chefs a chance to create a memorable meal for renown chef Rocco DiSpirito and a gathering of celebrity guests. Each episode features three skilled chefs who have to impress Chef Rocco with their signature dish. The one who doesn’t meet his cooking and creativity standards is immediately eliminated from the competition. The remaining two chefs work with celebrity event producer Jes Gordon to create a perfect dinner party experience, complete with a fabulous food and a wonderful atmosphere. Meanwhile, Chef Rocco serves up some competitive curve balls along the way. The chef who throws the best dinner party gets lots of kudos and $20,000.

Is it any good?

The show’s premise is based on the enjoyment that comes with sharing meals around the table with friends and loved ones. It also underscores how the atmosphere surrounding the meal will enhance or take away from a dining experience. As a result, less time is spent discussing the technical issues associated with choosing and preparing ingredients.

It is competitive, but lacks the edgy tension boasted by cooking shows like Top Chef.  Meanwhile, much of the show is about honoring the guest chef’s talents, rather than highlighting their failures in the kitchen. Foodies will definitely enjoy what’s on the menu here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cooking competitions. Why do people find them so entertaining? Are these shows supposed to teach you how to cook, or are they just supposed to be fun to watch?

  • What kind of training does a chef have to have in order to earn the title of "chef"? How does a chef become a celebrity chef?

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