“Dear Chef John:
As every orchestra has it’s conductor, my words are addressed to you, but it is obviously meant for all of your amazing team members for their dedication and support. A few months ago, I was apparently fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, to choose wisely in order to be here today. Three main characters are required in order to teach a profession.
1. Extensive knowledge and pure talent.
2. The passion for knowledge and the will to teach it and spread it to others.
3. The unique capability of doing so.
You have the three of them and even more.
Like a “prima ballerina” juggles between his love for cooking and his passion to teach his love to others, like a magician keeps on pulling more and more rabbits from his hat as an ever lasting fountain and thanks to your love of life and human beings, you are able to be such a natural master to your students.
I wish you that in the next ten years wherever you lay your finger around the world, you will discover an enthusiastic student of yours, excited to meet you and assist you spreading your knowledge.
From my point of view, despite our short acquaintance, you will always remain a master professor and a teacher for life, and I can clearly state I have a new friend in Italy. Words can not express my gratitude.”