While previously unknown unless you were a true foodie, Francis Mallmann, had until recently not really been on anyone’s radar here in the US. For years, Mallmann has been the guy in Argentina that everybody loved, the rockstar chef, the King of the Parrillada, but you had to get yourself out to Jose Ignacio and later Garzon if you wanted to find him. Now of course after an appearance in No Reservations Season 4, fast forward to an awesome episode of Chefs Table and the grand opening of his first US restaurant in Miami at the Faena Miami Beach, Mallmann’s public recognition has been seriously amped up.
Part and parcel of Mallmann’s appeal is his rustic Gaucho persona, living off the land grilling with real wood, giant slabs of meat. It’s all good. From all of the press he’s received we’ve also been able to glimpse into his personal life and style. While his Miami restaurant is over the top decor-wise, his personal life is relatively simple (we’re led to believe). He has a couple of homes scattered about, which can best be described as “South American Cabins”, more or less one room, heated stove and fireplace, lots of windows, blankets, pillows. Comfortable, but sparse.