Rocco started his cooking career when he was 14 years old. Later he obtained a diploma from the Torino culinary academy (Istituto Alberghiero Colombatto) and then began his apprenticeship in many restaurants and hotels around Italy, France and England.
In 1975 Rocco opened his first restaurant in Cavour, with his wife Mara. He became a teacher at the culinary institute in Pinerolo,Piemonte. He also became head chef of one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach, Sydney, names Villa Jonas al mare, during a long stay in Australia, between 1982 and 1984.
He moved permanently with his whole family to Australia in 2002, and he opened a restaurant in Brisbane named Conte Cavour, the same name as his first restaurant in Italy. In 2004 he sold the restaurant in Brisbane to move to Hervey Bay with his wife, where they started a new adventure: Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast. Here he continues his passion for food with cooking classes for guests and locals, where he combines the tradition of Italian cuisine with the amazing local produce that the Fraser Coast has to offer.