As written by Rita Manno
for The Central Record
MEDFORD LAKES—You had to like her chutzpa, her moxie, her take-no-prisoners attitude. But despite all that, Natalie Stone, mother of five, owner of Bella’s Biscotti and premiere chef, couldn’t get the $20,000 win on “Rocco’s Dinner Party” show on the Bravo station. The show aired July 20.
But she gave it a good fight, preparing a three-course French, Julia Child inspired dinner in four hours for Rocco DiSpirito’s celebrity guests. She cooked gnocchi with bacon, sole fish and a lemon cake.
Stone made it through the first round of three chefs even though the dish she cooked — pan seared cod with a corn, caper relish — led Rocco to describe it as “looks like the bomb squad got there too late.” But it was tasty enough to get her to the next round.