Inspired by his own recipe consisting of a French culinary background with traditional Patagonian fire and earth cooking methods, Argentine Chef Francis Mallman is preparing to orchestrate the creation of the cuisine for this year’s acclaimed charity wine event, Auction Napa Valley 2016.

The celebrated chef, well known for his featured appearance on the 2015 Netflix series Chefs Table, has written several best-selling cookbooks, one of which Seven Fires – Grilling the Argentinian Way – is often referred to as the premier guidebook of the Argentine Asador Grilling Tradition. The pages include distinctively delectable recipes that push the boundaries of live-fired cuisine.

Patagonian born and trained in France’s top restaurants, Mallman took a creative approach to his food preparations by abandoning the elitist dining scene for a more conventional and down to earth direction of cooking with fire. Throughout the years, he has built a strong following of advocates and fans of his “Live Fire” cooking style, including celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola, Madonna, and Ralph Lauren. It is a must read for all aspiring grillers seeking to take their grilling techniques to a new level.

His most recent cookbook, Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime (2014), is a best selling edition and one not to be overlooked. American chef and television personality, Anthony Bourdain has certainly paid attention by describing Mailman’s trail-blazing live-fire cooking as “Elemental, fundamental, and delicious.”  This passionate master of Argentinian cuisine takes you on a grilling adventure to destinations around the world serving up inspired regional grilled dishes beyond imagination and it is an epicurean journey that will entice foodies to stop along the way to taste and learn.

Mallman cooks with wood fires that are in the traditional Argentine style of BBQ known as Asado. It is not just a way of cooking meat; it is an art form in which every chef has his own personal secret when it comes to arming the parrilla (grill) and preparing their own coveted Argentinian Asado with items such as grilled meat that is part of the Argentine national identity.

Raised in Patagonia in a house that was ruled by fire, Mallman grabbed all he could and started cooking. It took him 20 years to get back to his roots after his path as a top French chef. “I better start thinking about having my own language in cooking,” he explained. “There is so much more to do because fire is such a fragile and beautiful thing. People think that it’s a manly thing – fire and you burn things. On the contrary, it is very feminine and fragile. I love it. I am learning a lot still.”

Mallman has opened several restaurants of his own including Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, 1885 Francis Mallman located in the wine region of Mendoza, Hotel and Restaurant Garzon in Uruguay and Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman in Miami.

“We could not think of a more perfect headlining chef for this years Auction Napa Valley than Chef Mallman. Our shared love for South America will not only shine through Francis’ food and innovative preparation but also throughout the week’s lively events,” according to Agustin F. Heneeus, proprietor of Quintessa and honorary chair of this years event Wine Auction Celebration.  NVL