Along with Paola Carosella, João Diamante is a judge in “My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours”, a brand new culinary actuality present hosted by Globo. The premiere of the program, led by Leandro Hassum, will happen on the twenty ninth.
The well-known chef in Rio de Janeiro, João initially would not have “diamante” in his final identify. He says the nickname comes from his faculty days, throughout elementary faculty, after a buddy created an e mail so he might create an account on MSN – a web site used for chat in the 00s.
“Everyone saved asking, ‘John, what’s your MSN?’ Freitas mentioned: ‘I’ll ship you an e mail and you may delete MSN’. I replied that I did not have a pc at house, however he mentioned: ‘Go to an web cafe’.”
“The subsequent day, he arrived at college with an e mail written: ‘diamante_negro’; I requested why, and he mentioned: ‘black is your shade and diamond is as a result of you’re a conversational man, it shines, even Despite your standing dwelling in the favela, you are all the time smiling, you are a happy-go-lucky individual, and also you impress everybody like a diamond. You want a Surname (surname, in English) Strong, so nobody forgets you'”.
He used the nickname on the chat web site and associates began calling him that in actual life as effectively. “Today ‘Negro’ got here out, as a result of I’m already black and it turned the diamond, João Diamante”, he explains.
In “My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours,” each Sunday, three totally different pairs of well-known mothers and sons don aprons and go on an journey in the kitchen, competing towards one another in two competitions. But in truth, not like lunch at house, it is the youngsters who put their arms in the dough.
Who is Joao Diamante?
João Augusto Santos Batista was born in Baiano, however grew up in the Complexo do Andarai in Rio de Janeiro. Today, he is married to Stephanie Pereira, who is additionally his advisor, they usually have a daughter.
“Everything that occurred in my life is as a result of of my mom – a single mom, black, from the Northeast, from the slums, she got here to Rio using a truck with two youngsters in her arms, as a result of she knew They’d higher have an opportunity right here. Brave, the warrior of my story, it was my mom who modified that. Without that braveness, the motivation to come back to Rio de Janeiro and take a look at his luck, João Diamante won’t exist at this time.
He labored with world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse in France. Since 2016, it has invested in a giant dream: ‘Diamantes na Cozinha’, a undertaking that makes use of cooking as a instrument for change, devoted to younger individuals in conditions of social vulnerability.
“I used to be half of social tasks throughout my complete childhood: ballet, theatre, capoeira, dance, jiu-jitsu, soccer, many tasks. If I’m who I’m, it is because of the social tasks during which I participated. They introduced me a dwelling situation, empowerment, training, artwork, tradition, took me to locations I by no means imagined I might be, and the place I couldn’t have gone alone.”
He found gastronomy whereas serving in the Navy, earlier than shifting to France. “I mentioned: ‘I already know what instrument I’m going to make use of. When I’ve a situation, I wish to do a social undertaking in gastronomy, which is a magical instrument’. I moved to France in 2015 I went there, I wrote the social undertaking ‘Diamantes na Cojinha’… And after I returned in 2016, I applied the undertaking, it ended.