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Chef Rossi: My Surreal Hartford Dream

Chef Rossi: My Surreal Hartford Dream

I spent five weeks this summer in a surreal dream. In Hartford of all places.

I watched Dana Smith-Croll, a Yale-trained actress, play me! I watched Emmy-winning actress Marilyn Sokol play my mother! Internet star George Salazar played my father! (Among other parts.)

Here's how I got to Hartford.

My very first signing of my book, "The Raging Skillet — The True Life Story of Chef Rossi," was in New York. It was at a huge convention with thousands of writers, editors, publishers and readers. I put out trays of peanut butter and bacon sandwiches to draw a crowd. It worked. Powerful stuff, that bacon, but oy, my mother would not have approved. A line formed. Down...

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