192: David Rocco| Discovering La Dolce Vita Around The World

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David Rocco brings his passion for food and life to millions of kitchens every day through his worldwide hit television programs. Airing in more than 150 countries, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and David Rocco’s Dolce India are each the perfect combination of food, travel and a celebration of the sweet life. David would travel everywhere if he could and says time is the only thing that stops him.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [4:34] David’s experience of growing up Italian in an Anglo-Saxon Canadian neighborhood
  • [5:15] Italian mom school lunches and how we really wanted peanut butter and jelly
  • [8:10] The origin of David’s cooking show empire 
  • [11:15] How food is central to the Italian psyche
  • [13:01] Why not everyone in Italy looks like Tony Soprano
  • [15:47] How La Dolce Vita went global
  • [18:05] Filming in ‘deliciously dysfunctional’ India
  • [23:54] David’s advice for successful entrepreneurs who feel unfulfilled
  • [26:49] The South East Asian fruit David will never try again
  • [32:01] David’s favorite type of food 

To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: workhardplayhardpodcast.com

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