Francis Mallmann, is one of South America’s most celebrated and beloved chefs. Growing up in Patagonia on a cliff overlooking Lago Moreno, fire played a large role in Francis’ childhood and the memories that help define him and his cooking techniques today.
When he was just nineteen, Francis opened his first restaurant in Bariloche, where he began to gain loyal supporters. After a few years, during which time he had achieved great success, he jumped at the opportunity to open a restaurant in Uruguay, where his following continued to build. Francis was able to close his restaurants in the off season and travel to Europe, where he worked in world renowned kitchens in France under the direction of Alain Senderens, Roger Verge and Raymond Oliver. Francis eventually returned to South America, where he continued to cook French cuisine, but ultimately realized his desire to serve meals that celebrated techniques based on the wood-fire and cast-iron cooking practices for which South America is known.
Today Francis remains drawn to fire and the aromas that can only be achieved in grilling. Harnessing his talents he creates bold, flavorful dishes that are surprising to the palate while at the same time delicious and seductive. Francis’ restaurants are Los Fuegos at Faena Miami, Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos at The Vines Resort & Spa, 1884, Maria Antonieta and Garzon. He has two cook books: Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, and Mallmann on Fire, and has a cooking show in Argentina on the gourmet channel, and was featured in the Neflix Documentary ‘Chef’s Table'.