"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

08 June 2016


When I sat down to watch Chef’s Table documentary on Francis Mallmann I was intrigued by the visuals of the trailers which showed Argentina’s arguably most high-profile chef cooking lamb with fire in snow with a stunning landscape as the backdrop.

That intrigue was not misplaced. This documentary, produced by David Gelb, is an exceptional portrait of a chef who has really returned to the basics of cooking, using fire in all its possibilities to produce simple dishes which are full of flavours.

Mallmann explains that today we educate children to be settled and once they have a job, a car and a place to sleep the dreams are dead. “You do not grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life. It needs a lot of work, it needs a lot of risk. To grow and improve you need to be there at the edge of uncertainty.”


... room for a poetic vision of marble in the fatty veins of the beast.


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