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The Anatomy Of An Argentine Asado

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

I pity the poor Argentine on vacation in North America or Europe.  Oh, the shock and utter horror they must encounter when they are ready to prepare a nice little asado for the family and take that first look at the measly barbeque on offer.  You know the one I’m talking about.  The one that’s shaped like a ‘T’, topped off by a small, square grill, the sort you usually find down by the beach or park. With a surface area to hold about 3 hamburgers and 4 hot dogs (and that’s pushing it), it barely does the job for a family of four North Americans.  Let alone four Argentines.

I can just imagine as the unsuspecting Argentine approaches with a look of utter bewilderment and wonders what on earth could this ‘T’ shaped object possibly be? Could one even cook on that paltry, inadequate square?  Where the heck is the parilla? And then comes the dreadful realization that this is the ‘parilla’.   How the heck are you supposed to fit 4 kilos of meat (one kilo for each person is the norm in Argentina) on that thing?

Listen To This Interview With Francis Mallmann (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Francis Mallmann]

[Francis Mallmann]

If you’re borderline obsessed like we are with Argentine chef Francis Mallmann and his multi-faceted career that has resulted in a return to one of the simplest forms of cooking, then you’ll definitely want to give a listen to this interview.  Hosted by Dorothy Cann Hamilton as part of the Chef’s Story series out of Brooklyn, Mallmann goes from talking about his youth spent living in Chicago, Patagonia, and even across California, to his time in France, and how he came to start use fire as his preferred source of heat.  For cooks looking for some inspiration, or anyone in love with the one-man revolution that Mallmann has been advancing for some years now, this interview is unmissable.  Enjoy.

Si están medios obsesionados como nosotros con el chef argentino Francis Mallmann y su carerra variada que ha resultado en una vuelta a uno de las formas más sencillas de cocinar, entonces seguramente vas a querer escuchar esta entrevista.  Presentado por Dorothy Cann Hamilton como parte de la serie Chef’s Story de Brooklyn, Mallmann va de hablar sobre su juventud que pasó viviendo en Chicago, Patagonia, y también en California, a su tiempo en Francia, y como llegó a usar fuego como su fuente de calor preferido.  Para cocineros buscando inspiración, o alguien más enamorado con la revolución de un hombre que Mallmann ha estado impulsando desde hace unos años, esta entrevista es imperdible.  Disfruten.

Francis Mallmann Will Be Featured On ‘Chef’s Table,’ A New Netflix Series (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[photo: La Panza Porteña]

[photo: La Panza Porteña]

Although he has basically shunned any limelight that awards like Latin America’s 50 Best may choose to give him, Francis Mallmann’s popularity shows no signs of waning any time soon.  He has a new cookbook coming out this year, at least a couple of shows on the Gourmet channel, will be appearing in this week’s episode of the U.S.-produced Mind of a Chef, and in 2015, will be featured on the new Netflix series, Chef’s Table.  It seems that rejecting awards has its own perks.

Mundo Cuisine reports that Mallmann, along with Massimo Bottura, Magnus Nilsson, Dan Barber, Ben Shewry, and Niki Nakayama will be featured on the show, which will dig deeper into the lives and history of each of the chefs.  Lisa Nishimura, vice president of Orginal Comedy and Documentary for Netflix, said that shows like Chef’s Table will “benefit enormously from being shown in episodes,” rather than in a long format documentary style.  A chef like Francis Mallmann may not need any more media attention, but as a pioneer in the return to cooking exclusively with fire, he certainly deserves it.  As usual, his style will make for incredible television.  An official air date hasn’t been released, but we can expect to see Chef’s Table some time in 2015. 

Watch This Trailer For ‘Mind of a Chef’ In Argentina (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[PBS]

[PBS]

Even if you haven’t yet heard of Mind of a Chef, don’t worry, it’s not too late.  The show, which airs on PBS in the United States, is produced by Anthony Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero production company, and aims, well, to get in the minds of some of today’s leading–though sometimes overlooked–chefs working in the industry.  The first season was all about David Chang, followed in season two by April Bloomfield and Sean Brock.  In season three, currently airing now, things have started to break out of the United States, featuring Magnus Nilsson of Sweden’s Fäviken, as well as Edward Lee, the Kentucky-based chef who was narrowly knocked out in Season 10 of Top Chef.

Although Mind of a Chef airs exclusively in the States, the good part for the rest of us is that PBS streams full episodes after they’ve premiered.  This is especially good, because the forthcoming episode 3 of the current season features Edward Lee hanging out with none other than Prometheus himself, Francis Mallman, cooking on a remote island in Argentina.  For now, you can watch the trailer, which is perhaps the most epic 45 seconds of chef talk you’ll ever see.  “How come the smoke doesn’t bother you?” Lee asks Mallmann.  “I’m used to it.  I live in smoke,” he responds.  Fire, meat, elements.  This might be the best episode of food television ever created.  We’ll let you know when the full episode comes out.

Discover Argentina’s Wetlands In Colonia Carlos Pellegrini

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Fantastically rural, the wetlands surrounding Reserva Provincial Esteros del Iberá make for an ideal place to escape the hectic city pace and get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife found here.  This Reserva is located in the northeast of Argentina in the Corrientes province, over 1000 km north from Buenos Aires.  The small village of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is the ideal place to be based for visiting this unspoiled area. The easiest way to access this village is from the small town of Mercedes, Argentina which lies just 120 km away, along an unpaved, bumpy road which is impassable after heavy rains.  This makes getting to the Reserva a bit of an adventure and keeps the area fairly remote.

Chickens run freely here, giving literal meaning to the word ‘free-range’.  It’s the kind of place where you are more likely to find cow traffic, rather than cars, along its brick-red, dirt roads. The soil here is high in iron lending it an almost electric, bright red hue.  Horses roam around the town happily chomping on the moisture-laden grasses lining the homes.  Older women hang clothes on the line, hopeful that the sun comes out long enough to get it dry, as young children play a game of hide n seek running between the sheets.  The older ones have been instructed to go pick some oranges to juice from the bounty of citrus trees in the area and the sweet smell of orange blossoms hangs in the air. Fires are started later in the day to heat the water for the daily showers.  Cow skins hang on the side of the fence harkening back to earlier times.  Life moves slowly and simply in Colonia Carlos Pellegrini.  

Festivals Raíz And Masticar Will Hit Buenos Aires In October (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Masticar]

[Masticar]

It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the schedule of festivals that have been happening throughout Latin America since May.  There’s Ñam, Mesamerica, Alimentarte, Bogotá Wine and Food, Mistura, Tambo, Latitud Cero and, if those weren’t enough, Buenos Aires will play host to two major festivals next month.

The first, Raíz, now in its second edition, will take place October 3 to 5.  This brand new festival amazed diners last year, with loads of live cooking demonstrations, including Francis Mallmann cooking hundreds of chickens over low flame, all tied to string.  The man knows how to make an impression.  Raíz will once again take place in Tecnópolis, in Parque del Bicentenario.  Last year, more than 300,000 people showed up for the three day festivals, and we’re expecting to see that number squashed this year.  Entry is free.  For more information on the festival and who’ll be there, check out their Facebook page and their website.

Later in the month, celeb chef Narda Lepes and her pals will get together for another installment of Feria Masticar, now in its third year.  Masticar will take place in Dorrego, from October 16 to 19.  Details are only starting to trickle out about who will be on hand for demos and workshops, but intel tells us that acclaimed Peruvian butcher Renzo Garibaldi will be one of the keynote speakers.  Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for forthcoming details. 

Homenaje Al Cerdo Heads To Fukuro Noodle Bar Monday 9/15 (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Fukuro Noodle Bar]

[Fukuro Noodle Bar]

If you haven’t yet had the privilege of trying one of the pork-laden pop-ups that Homenaje al Cerdo has been doing in restaurants across Buenos Aires, you might want to make reservations quickly for this coming Monday’s event.  For one night only, Yago Marquez and his team will join forces with the noodle lovers at Fukuro Noodle Bar, and the menu looks incredible.  Thainamese rolls stuffed with chicharron, pickled radishes and fresh herbs?  Asian BBQ Ribs with mango, cilantro and soy sauce?  Or how about an homage to Elvis for dessert, with peanut butter and pancetta?  Yes, all of that please.

Monday’s dinner will feature two turns, one at 20:30 and one at 22:30.  Both seatings will feature a five-course, pork-centric menu with plenty of pan-Asian touches, and reservations will go for AR $225.  You can reserve your space at info@fukuronoodlebar.com.

Cuisine & Vins Back This Thursday And Friday In Buenos Aires (ES)

By Patrick Hieger

[Cuisine & Vins]

[Cuisine & Vins]

This Thursday and Friday in Buenos Aires, the city’s longest-running gourmet food festival, Cuisine & Vins, will once again take over the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires for two days of delicious wines, spirits, gourmet products, and much more.  Now in its 30th year, this year’s edition promises to be better than ever, featuring never before seen wines, culinary chats with leading chefs, and a grand tasting of the best high-end products that Argentina has to offer.

Cuisine & Vins will take place September 4 and 5 at the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires, from 17:00 to 22:00 each day.  Tickets start at AR $190 and can be purchased here.  Check out the promotional video and then get your ticket.  Salud!