Mr. DiSpirito defends his career path with missionary zeal. What he loves to do, he says, is to bring his rarefied culinary skills to regular folks everywhere: β€œThe vast majority of what I hear from the people who appreciate what I do β€” which is I think more of the general public, more of America, versus the people who write and read Gawker, a small but very influential group of people β€” is that they love what I do, and they feel like there is someone from the professional world advocating for them,” he said. [New York Times