Francis Mallmann is an acclaimed, Argentinian celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his open-fire cooking and uncommon character. Many are familiar with his popular books and appearances on the Netflix series, Chef's Table.
Here is a brief Netflix trailer that offers a glimpse of Mallmann's unique personality.
From isolated Patagonian islands to French Michelin three-star restaurants, chef Francis Mallmann celebrates his wild, open-fire cooking style.
Mallmann partnered with upscale, USA retailer, Best Made Company, to create a limited line of products that includes Mallmann's Grill. Unfortunately, Best Made was unable to direct us to anyone who has actually seen Mallmann's Grill let alone cooked on it, or to offer us detailed information beyond what is available at their website.
Mallmann's Grill is exclusively available in the USA at Best Made Company and requires up to 5 to 6 weeks to ship. It is 8 feet tall, 3.5 feet wide, weighs 130 pounds, was designed by Mallmann himself and made from steel in Argentina.
Wood or charcoal may be used in the ventilated fire box (below).
There are two cooktop options: a plancha style flat top (shown above) and a grated grill for exposure to the flame. The cooktops can be positioned at different levels above the flame for varied temperatures and double-stacked for an expanded workspace. This appears to be accomplished with metal supports that suspend the grates above the fire. Fruits and meats can be hung from the overhead rack. The grill is said to have a maximum cooking temperature of 750°F.
Knurled brass knobs at each connection point allow the grill to be fully broken down and moved (see below).
Foods that hang and dangle high away from the fire don't cook as evenly as they do in more contemporary grills and smokers, but they definitely make the cooking more dramatic. We have to wonder about the stability of this grill, particularly with food hanging from the eight foot high upper frame. The whole thing rests on just four, thin, apparently removable legs. Is it prone to blow over with a gust of wind? Should owners pack it up and put it away when not in use?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but take away the gorgeous setting above with Mallmann in his dashing beret and picture this grill on your deck or patio. Certainly it's striking in a Daliesque way, and it has a showboat, outrageous quality some may find appealing on certain occasions.
Mallmann's Grill may not be the most practical choice for most cooks, but it appears to be well suited to some of the primitive, rustic styles of open-fire cooking that Mallmann prefers. We remain curious to learn more.
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Best Made Company is a unique, upscale outfit with retail stores in New York and Los Angeles. They carry an unusual mix of ritzy camping and outdoor lifestyle products including clothing, axes, knives, kitchen utensils, books, and fishing and archery gear. Argentinian celebrity chef, Francis Mallmann, is a creative adviser to Best Made. Together they created a limited catalog of Co-branded items including an uncommon outdoor cooking device called Mallmann's Grill.