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 does not have “diamante” in his final identify. He says the nickname comes from his faculty days, throughout elementary faculty, after a buddy created an electronic mail so he might create an account on MSN – a website used for chat in the 00s.
“Everyone saved asking, ‘John, what’s your MSN?’ Freitas mentioned: ‘I’ll ship you an electronic mail and you’ll 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 in school with an electronic mail written: ‘diamante_negro’; I requested why, and he mentioned: ‘black is your coloration 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 website and associates began calling him that in actual life as properly. “Today ‘Negro’ got here out, as a result of I’m already black and it grew to become the diamond, João Diamante”, he explains.
In “My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours,” each Sunday, three completely different pairs of well-known mothers and sons don aprons and go on an journey in the kitchen, competing in opposition to one another in two competitions. But actually, in contrast to lunch at house, it is the kids who put their fingers in the dough.
“Working in a kitchen every day is difficult. It’s so much of work, however while you do what you put together, the approval of different folks is priceless. Cooking is a manner of loving it, which is a really understatement.” The possible way you like him.” individual, even when you’ve got by no means seen him. That’s why I by no means left and I’m right here until date. I actually like folks and the kitchen provides me that.
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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 driving a truck with two kids 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 return to Rio de Janeiro and check out his luck, João Diamante won’t exist in the present day.
He labored with world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse in France. Since 2016, it has invested in an enormous dream: ‘Diamantes na Cozinha’, a venture that makes use of cooking as a device for change, devoted to younger folks in conditions of social vulnerability.
“I used to be half of social tasks throughout my entire childhood: ballet, theatre, capoeira, dance, jiu-jitsu, soccer, many tasks. If I’m who I’m, it is due to the social tasks by which I participated. They introduced me a dwelling situation, empowerment, training, artwork, tradition, took me to locations I by no means imagined I’d be, and the place I couldn’t have gone alone.”
He found gastronomy whereas serving in the Navy, earlier than transferring to France. “I mentioned: ‘I already know what device I’m going to make use of. When I’ve a situation, I need to do a social venture in gastronomy, which is a magical device’. I moved to France in 2015 I went there, I wrote the social venture ‘Diamantes na Cojinha’… And once I returned in 2016, I applied the venture, it ended.