WHY would I care about that? At least, HERE? Because of the third name on the list - Rocco DiSpirito.
Which is more surprising? That Rocco DiSpirito will be doing Dancing with the Stars or that he won a James Beard Award? Let's put it this way, I'm not at all thunderstruck that he can dance.
And, BTW, he won the JB Award, not for cooking (what else is new?), but for his first cookbook, which, admittedly, is still quite an achievement.
I still remember his hugely egoistic, in-your-face persona in The Restaurant. Instead of actually cooking for and running a new restaurant, he gallivanted around town on his motorbike and did radio and publicity ABOUT running a restaurant, while leaving his mother in the kitchen to make meatballs...many meatballs. But he has rehabilitated himself (somewhat) and, perhaps here, his natural self-absorption can be used to good effect.
Here's the rest of the cast with some contrasts and comparisons:
They have the same famous body part, but one has real talent in SOMETHING, the other...not so much:
Misty May-Treanor and Kim Kardashian
She can sing (great body) and HE can't (plus I never noticed his body and don't want to):
Toni Braxton and Lance Bass
Athletes out of the limelight about whom they hope we'll get all warm and fuzzy: Warren Sapp and Maurice Greene
Youngest and Oldest: Cody Linley, some Hannah Montana kid, and Cloris Leachman
Celebrities in need of career rehabilitation: Ted Mckinley, Brooke Burke
Who? Jeffrey Ross
Why? Susan Lucci