Who is Don Gaucho? An interview with Juan Grosso
As part of the promotion of the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos that Don Gaucho took part in over May-Day bank holiday weekend, Juan (Don Gaucho Parner & Commercial Director) was interviewed by our friends at the Argentinian caseta, and published the interview in their magazine.
As many of you will probably be unaware of our story, we thought we’d share that interview with you on our blog! Here goes…
We expect many of you reading this will have enjoyed the amazing Chimichurri sauce being served at the Argentinian caseta this year, we were intrigued to learn that this product is actually made right here in Málaga. To find out more, we caught up with Gaucho’s owner Juan Grosso originally from Mercedes, Argentina.
How did you end up in Malaga?
Like many Argentinian teenage lads, i was convinced i was going to be a professional football player, and I almost made it. When I was 18 I went for a trial with a team called Alianza Atletico in Sullana Peru, on the edge of the amazon rainforest however just before the trial started I contracted malaria from a mosquito and was bed bound for 3 weeks, so I missed my chance. So I decided to pack a backpack and head off to Spain with 3 of my best mates. I’m not quite sure how we ended up here, but I am glad we did. There are many opportunities here for people who are willing to work hard and have the courage to follow their ambitions.
Who or What is Don Gaucho?
Don Gaucho is a food production company that specialises in creation of Argentinian food products based on authentic Argentinian recipes, but then are developed to ensure the best flavor and most versatility. We want to hand make products that are not only delicious but also that stand out from the crowd. We also import wine directly from Bodegas in Argentina.
How did Don Gaucho start?
One of my English friends came to an Asado we were having and was blown away by this strange looking Chimichurri I had made, he said it tasted far better than he had ever tasted and that there was definitely a market for it. Fast forward several years and here we are. My friends think it’s strange that at English man was pivotal in the creation of an Argentinian food company.
Where did the recipe come from?
There are thousands of variations of Chimichurri containing many different ingredients, but our recipe has been passed to me by my brother and it has been in the family for years. We tweaked the recipe slightly and now my brother is asking for the new improved recipe but of course that’s now a strictly guarded secret!
Where did the name come from?
From the outset I knew that the name should make a reference to the old Gauchos of Argentina, so we spent weeks and weeks going round in circles. Shortly after that I was watching the Godfather movie, and thought this product needs to be a Don. So there you have it, Don Gaucho.
What is your ambition for Don Gaucho?
Our goal is to become the go-to condiment when BBQing worldwide. Everybody knows that Argentinians make the world’s best BBQ’s so it stands to reason that the best condiment for grilled meat should be Argentinian!
Any tips about Don Gaucho Products?
Don’t limit your use of our Chimichurri to only meat; we use it on everything! Eggs, pizzas, potatoes, fish, even salads.