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Before Food Took Over Reality TV, There Was NBC’s ‘The Restaurant’

Almost 20 years after "The Restaurant" made Rocco DiSpirito the world’s first reality-TV chef, his roller coaster career is still an object of fascination

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I Staged in a Michelin-Starred Restaurant in France and It Broke Me After One Week

The French brigade system and the ritual of staging has defined what it means to train as a fine dining chef for more than a century — and it broke me after a week