“He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence”

Francis Mallmann was born in AcassusoBuenos Aires Province in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Bariloche in Patagonia when his father, Carlos Mallmann, was employed as the head of the Balseiro Institute. It was there that, in 1970, Mallmann started as a cook on a boat for tourists on Lake Nahuel Huapi.

At twenty, he began managing a restaurant with a partner. He then travelled to Paris, where he spent over two years learning alongside Paul Bocuse and other reputable chefs.

After returning to Argentina, he spent several years driving the kitchen of a fashionable restaurant. However, in 1983 he decided to open his own store on Honduras street in Palermo . It was open only at night and behind closed doors. During the day, Mallmann worked as a teacher.


During this time, he wrote his first book, La Cocina al instante, which was published in 1984. Later on he published two more books, Seven Fires in 2009 and Mallman on Fire in 2014.


He began working in television in the early 1980’s. Between 1987 and 1996, the program was recorded in his restaurant and, in the summer months, in Punta del Este, excluding 1992, when the program was recorded at the Seville Expo, where Mallmann was representing Argentina. Recently in 2017 he appeared in the platform of audiovisual contents Netflix of the hand of the docu-series “Chef’s Table” where six of the most renowned international chefs will open the door to their daily lives and imposing personal kitchens. Watch the trailer here. His visibility in television significantly influenced the reach and scope of his work.


You can taste Francis Mallmann’s better recipes and find pieces of his knowledge in different places around the world here:

1884 – Mendoza
Hotel Garzón – Uruguay
Bodega Garzón – Uruguay
Orégano – Mendoza
María Antonieta – Mendoza
Los fuegos – Miami
Fuegos montes – Chile
Chateaux Lacoste – Aix en Provence
Patagonia Sur – La Boca
Siete Fuegos – The vines of Mendoza


Take a tour with Francis around the world grilling in magical places,
learning the techniques and his most famous recipes through his publications:

Seven Fires, by Francis Mallmann

A trailblazing chef reinvents the art of cooking over fire. 

Gloriously inspired recipes push the boundaries of live-fired cuisine in this primal yet sophisticated cookbook introducing the incendiary dishes of South America’s biggest culinary star.

On Fire, by Francis Mallmann

Featured on the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table

Mallmann on Fire, the passionate master of the Argentine grill takes us grilling in magical places—in winter’s snow, on mountaintops, on the beach, on the crowded streets of Manhattan, on a deserted island in Patagonia, in Paris, Brooklyn, Bolinas, Brazil—each locale inspiring new discoveries as revealed in 100 recipes for meals both intimate and outsized.


Yes, he’s a famous chef, but not for any of his nine restaurants around the globe. Francis Mallmann is famous for being Francis Mallmann, an elusive, complex, honest man who does his own thing—in the kitchen and in life. And nowhere does his primal style of hospitality burn brighter than on his private island in the heart of Patagonia.


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