In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Celebrity Chef Rossi, owner and executive chef of “The Raging Skillet” one of New York City’s best and wildest caterers. As a celebrity chef Rossi’s events have satisfied many illustrious guests, including Bill Clinton, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Cher, and Susan Sarandon. We caught up with Chef Rossi in Provincetown, Massachusetts just after California’s discriminatory gay marriage law Prop 8 was overturned and found unconstitutional.
Chef Rossi caters a lot of weddings in New York. Recently Chelsea Clinton was married there and her event planner was an openly gay man. New York does not support marriage equality. When asked what her thoughts were about that, Rossi stated, “It’s so sad. New York has always been the hippest capital of the world. I have always been so proud to be the quintessential New Yorker…But now it’s just ever so slightly embarrassing. We are no longer the hip capital of the world. We are really trailing. For me as a wedding caterer it’s a bit bittersweet because I spend a lot of time helping wonderful people make their dreams come true. And I cater gay weddings of course all the time but it makes me feel sad that as a gay American in New York our dreams cannot quite come true. At least not in New York.”
As a writer, Rossi has been a feature writer for several publications, such as “The Daily News,” “Time Out New York” and “The New York Post.” Her column “Eat Me” has appeared in “Bust Magazine” for 11 years and running. Rossi’s book of edible memoirs entitled “The Devil and Mrs. Goldstein" is seeking a publisher. She is also the founder of the “Artist’s Room” in the Lower East side of New York City where her show “Cherry” is currently on view. She's been called “a new breed of rebel anti-caterer” by the “The New York Times,” and “eclectic and off the wall” by the Zagats review. She has also been featured on “The Food Network.” As a radio personality Rossi’s hit show “Bite This” on Cape Cod’s WOMR is now in its 6th season and she has also appeared on NPR's "The Takeaway".
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