I’m Obsessed with Chef Francis Mallmann, But Not Because of His Cooking…

Let me clarify that statement. Mr. Mallmann’s food is absolutely amazing.. earthy, elegant, pure and  unpretentious deliciousness. During a trip to Art Basel Miami, I couldn’t focus on “The Basel” until I achieved my main objective- share a meal with “mi favoritas” at Mallmann’s restaurant Los Fuegos (his only stateside restaurant located in The Faena Hotel). Side note: The Faena is fab..

And lemme tell you, it was the “Art” in Art Basel for me that year. The atmosphere was perfecto and the food…oh my love- the food (see the above description). The flavors danced on my tongue, filled my belly with goodness and all of a sudden..I had visions of Patagonia.

But back to why I’m obsessed with Mr. Mallmann.

It all started in 2015 with a “Netflix and chill” evening. A new episode of my favorite show The Chef’s Table was FINALLY available. Doing my happy dance, I threw on my Betty Boop onesie, grabbed a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (because new episodes are worthy of a fine champagne under $100) and grabbed a slice of my favorite greasy pizza (don’t judge me). Francis Mallmann starts his story and the obsession adventure officially begins.

I was hooked. After the show, I watched every You Tube video of him I could find (most in Spanish), found all of his books on Amazon and stalked him on the internet – ninja style!

So.. What was it about this chef?

His cooking is mind-blowing, but his story/evolution/living in truth is so damn inspiring. I connect deeply with people living in truth, accepting accountability for their wrong-doings, failing forward, unbothered by what others are doing or think you should be doing, comfortable being still, embracing simplicity not simpleness. As Albert Camus put it: “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”  Francis Mallman is a rebel.

I took a picture of this Nietzsche quote from his menu at Los Fuegos.

Sums it all up perfectly..

I haven’t had the opportunity (yet) to experience “The Mallmann” in Patagonia, but there’s an excellent piece by  about his experience on Mallmann’s private island: “Is Francis Mallmann the Most Interesting Chef in the World?  (Esquire). It’s a worthy read.

grace + love,



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