David Rocco

TV chef David Rocco cooks casual, authentic Italian food.

Born in Toronto, David was the youngest of three children to Neapolitan parents. At school he took up acting and modelling and later earned a degree in economics at York University.

After university David was drawn back to his love of the kitchen, which had stemmed from watching his mother cook as a child, and his restaurant 'La Madonnina' was born. Owned and managed by the Roccos and serving casual, authentic Italian dishes, the restaurant was a success.

After two years at the restaurant David and his wife Nina, were given the chance to present Avventura: Journeys in Italian Cuisine, a 26-episode travel and Italian cooking show, which aired in Canada. David Rocco's Dolce Vita soon followed, in which he showed off the joys of living in Florence.

Avventura: Culinary Adventures in Italy, Bay Books & Tapes, 2001

David Rocco