MIAMI (PGN) >> Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito did little to put rumours about his sexuality to rest last weekend.
Sources claim the cookbook author and former star of NBC’s reality series The Restaurant escorted a male companion to several events during White Party weekend, a popular annual AIDS fundraiser targeted at gay men.
The two also reportedly had dinner at Prime 112, an upscale steakhouse on Ocean Drive.
DiSpirito, 41, has been dogged by gay rumours for years. In April 2005, DiSpirito was seen at a party with openly gay actor Mario Cantone and another man. According to one blog, “Rocco grabbed the unidentified man's hand and they held hands across the dancefloor. They then canoodled in a very low-key way the rest of the evening.”
A few months later, DiSpirito was publicly linked to former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy co-host Jai Rodriguez. In an interview with New York gay magazine H/X, Rodriguez said the two are nothing more than friends.
“He’s my straight boyfriend - every gay guy has one! We went to a movie premiere together, and then he came to a gay bar with me for a drink,” he explained.