David Ruggerio; Author, Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur.

Tell me about David Ruggerio, celebrity chef and author-First, I’m born and raised in Brooklyn! My first years I lived in Flatbush, in the shadows of Vandeveer Projects. Oh yes, my friends, at one point in my life, I was a much-celebrated celebrity chef. I had the cooking shows, books, and a hoard of restaurants.

I honed my culinary skills in France at several of the country’s leading restaurants. Among them, the Hotel Negresco with Jacques Maximin; Moulin de Mougins with Roger Verge; Les Pres d’Eugenie with the mythic Michel Guerard, and l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges with the iconic Paul Bocuse. I was honored in 1995 by noted vintner Robert Mondavi as one of the best thirteen Rising Star Chef in America, in the first year of this national awards program.

My experience also includes being the chef and partner of Pierre Cardin’s New York restaurants Maxim’s. Yes, that’s the same Pierre Cardin with cologne and everything else in the world! With Cardin, I was instrumental in the expansion of Maxim as a brand in restaurants and hotels. I also was the executive chef of the famed Le Caravelle ( I was only 25 at the time-go and figure) and executive chef and owner of Park Avenue’s Le Chantilly. All three restaurants received numerous national accolades.

While cooking in these restaurants, I authored two acclaimed cookbooks, “Little Italy with David Ruggerio” and “David Ruggerio’s Italian Kitchen.” I hosted my own PBS cooking series; “Little Italy with David Ruggerio.” and went on to host my own cooking series on TV Food Network entitled “Ruggerio To Go”(check out some of the episodes on my YouTube channel, they’ll make you smile).


My wonderfully scary horror novel entitled; “A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters, was released on Halloween Eve of 2019. Could you pick a better day to release a horror novel? This will be the  book you pickup each and every Halloween. Here is a bit about the book-

Can a village be inherently evil? Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.

On the surface, this sleepy hamlet comes alive in the autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, laden pumpkin patches and holiday hay rides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for generations. On the outskirts of the town is the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery. All things wicked seem to revolve around the old graveyard. A rarely seen homunculus serves an evil task master. Together they weave a wicked web that attempts to snare the youth of the hamlet. A creepy graveyard, a spooky schoolhouse, an abandoned mortuary and a member of his own family will leave you simply sleepless.


My new novel,a romance, will premier on June 11th, 2020. It is a love story based in 1977 Brooklyn. Say Goodbye and Goodnight will make you laugh, cheer and certainly cry a little. This will be a summer of loving. It is available now at Amazon.com. Here is a bit about it-

Anthony Marino, a young, up-and-coming fighter, maneuvers through all the pitfalls and minefields that existed in 1977 Brooklyn. Yet beneath the harsh surface, Brooklyn offered much more. It was the time of disco, the music that liberated a generation. And through it all, Anthony found his one true love, Gia. Theirs was an epic love affair, one that drew envy and hatred. Say Goodbye and Goodnight is the story of their love for each other and the perils that waited for them behind every corner.


For more about me, my ongoing escapades, and upcoming events and giveaways please visit my personal website:

I’m hip! Checkout and the goings-on in the world of Ruggerio at my Instagram page- @David.Ruggerio.

I’ve recently explored my passion for cheese, to see what’s up with my cheesy adventures please visit;

Ok, it’s official, I have a Wikipedia page, don’t we all? To discover more about me, please visit;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ruggerio

You want to laugh at some of my past television exploits, and a few of my new ones, please visit (and like!) my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysxN9Ss8pCwvxUJpKbzc4Q

Where would I be without a Facebook page? Please visit my Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.ruggerio

I want to thank you for visiting RUGGERIO BOOKS.

Happy Cooking