After his surprise departure from Argentinian cooks (Monday to Friday, 1.30pm), John Ferraraone of the historic chefs of the public TV culinary program wrote an open letter which he posted on his Instagram account.
His writing came a few days after the sudden death of Guillermo Calabrese, the previous host of the cycle who, despite no longer being on the expedition, was much loved by all his companions.
“The truth is, it took me a long time to start these words”, Ferrara assured at the beginning of the moving text that he shared with his more than 195,000 followers. And he added to that effect: “There are many strong emotions that have invaded me these days. It took me a while to express them because I gave myself the space I needed to do so.”
Then, after noting that he had spent 15 years on the programme, he said he felt “proud of everything he had done and happy to have transmitted passion and joy”. And he stated: “We spread values that I will never stop transmitting because for me they are essential for making quality television”.
So after thanking “public TV and all its workers”, he hinted that he was not the one who decided not to be part of the cycle anymore: “I really wanted to celebrate these almost 15 years and share them with all of you. Unfortunately, For decisions that are foreign to me, it was not possible”.
Finally, in closing, he launched a spicy hint: “The television that represents me is always made by working as a team, generating collective ideas and respecting each other”
Messages from colleagues of Juan Ferrara
Juan Braceli, another of the historical members of Argentinian cooksappreciated Juan Ferrara’s post and, moreover, wrote him a heartfelt message.
“Juan, dear friend, it is a moment of sadness. And also to wish you the best. Convinced that I have a unique talent. You are an excellent cook, a cultured, restless, committed and courageous boy. I have a thousand things to tell you. I’ve already done many of them these days, personally. I’ll tell you something more here: I always said you had a gift, something unique, a timing break with the linear, the gift of the right and ingenious event”, praised him.
And he added: “An unexpected exit, an invented word, a bodily neigh… any movement and there was the gift of making everyone laugh out loud all the time. How many and how many shared moments. A thousand million anecdotes with Chimi and Calita. My God, how grateful I am to have crossed you on this path. I cry”.
Meanwhile Diego Sivori, another of his companions, was more concise but no less excited: “Juani! How nice to meet you! I love you!”
The complete letter of Juan Ferrara
The truth is that it was very difficult for me to start these words which are goodbye Argentinian cooks. There are so many strong emotions that have invaded me these days. It took me a while to express them because I gave myself the space I needed to do so.
In that period, and still, hundreds of messages of affection and lots of love have not stopped reaching me. I wish I could hug each of you… All these messages are the result of my almost 15 years of work.
I feel proud of everything I’ve done and happy for having transmitted passion and joy. Happy also because the program has spread the gastronomy of all Argentina, through great chefs, food producers and workers of the land. We spread values that I will never stop transmitting because for me they are essential for making quality television.
I want to thank all the collaborators of the production house who have passed through these years, I have learned a lot from them. Thanks to Public TV and all its labor.
I really wanted to celebrate these almost 15 years and share them with all of you. Unfortunately, due to decisions that are foreign to me, it was not possible. This gives me more strength to continue working and to find new projects that I can join and that make me feel that there is still a lot to communicate and spread. The television that represents me is always made by working as a team, generating collective ideas and respecting each other.
Once again, eternal thanks for all the love and affection you give me from every corner of the country. I keep them in my heart.
Until we meet again, Argentinian cooks.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.