The news of last month clearing the fact of Food Network's Ms. Paula Deen's suffering from Type 2 diabetes has left many in tension. One of the most affected ones was Ms. Matilde Arango, who has been lucky to get a chance (on Friday) to meet Ms. Paula Deen at Miami Children's Hospital (her idol).
Ms. Paula Deen is a big name as the star has a big fan following due to her Southern comfort cooking. Ms. Arango is one of her biggest fans that are seriously concerned with Ms. Deen's health and are praying for her getting well soon.
But many other fans of the star in the culinary and health world have also shown anger and criticism towards Deen for not announcing her diagnosis in public for nearly three years. Ms. Deen is presently in town to attend the South Beach Food & Wine Festival.
During her visit to the town, she also toured the hospital on Friday with her husband Mr. Michael Groover and son Bobby Deen. It is here at the Miami Children's Hospital, where Arango was given a chance to meet her idol Ms. Deen.
"I don't want her cooking with a lot of butter", said Arango, whose granddaughter, Laura Berry, was at Miami Children's for appendicitis. "I want her to focus on taking care of herself. We all love her. Look at how well she looks".
Calming the concerns of her fan following, Ms. Deen talked about some new changes that she says she has made in her lifestyle such as walking half an hour a day on a treadmill, cutting sweet tea from her diet etc. She also talked about her love for the Southern food (which she said she can't compromise with), her cooking job for her family on Sundays etc.