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Argentine chef brings Latin flair to Auction Napa Valley

Argentine chef brings Latin flair to Auction Napa Valley


South American chef Francis Mallmann will be guest chef for Auction Napa Valley 2016.

One of South America’s most celebrated chefs, Argentina’s Francis Mallmann, will serve as guest chef for Auction Napa Valley 2016, on June 2-5.

Recently featured in the Netflix “Chef’s Table” series, Mallmann will oversee every aspect of the culinary design and cuisine that will be prepared for 800 guests throughout Saturday’s live auction at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Mallman will draw on his talents with wood fire and cast-iron cooking, along with his training in fine French cuisine, to create a dramatic experience for auction guests. He and his team will prepare small bites for bidders as they vie for lots under the big tent. Afterward, on the fairway at Meadowood, they will serve guests an alfresco dinner inspired by the fire and aromas of Mallmann’s style of cooking.

“We could not think of a more perfect headlining chef for this year’s Auction Napa Valley than chef Mallmann,” said Agustin F. Huneeus, proprietor of Quintessa and honorary chairman of this year’s event. “Our shared love for South America will not only shine through Francis’ food and innovative preparation but also throughout the week’s lively events.”

Mallmann grew up in Patagonia on a cliff overlooking Lago Moreno, where cooking by fire became a major influence that helped define him and his techniques. When he was just 19, Mallmann opened his first restaurant in Bariloche, Argentina, where he began to gain loyal supporters. After a few years of success, he jumped at the opportunity to open a restaurant in Uruguay and continued to build his following.

Mallmann would close his restaurants in the off-season to travel to Europe and work in world-renowned kitchens in France under the direction of Alain Senderens, Roger Verge and Raymond Oliver.

Today, his restaurants include 1884, Garzon, Patagonia Sur, Los Fuegos at the Faena Hotel Miami and Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos at The Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza.

He has two cookbooks — “Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way” and “Mallmann on Fire” — and has a cooking show in Argentina on the gourmet channel.

Illustrating chef Mallmann’s culinary style, his recipe for Tournedos Wrapped in Bacon and Sage is included in today’s Register.

Saturday’s live auction is the centerpiece of Auction Napa Valley offerings, which also includes dinners, parties, outdoor activities and the Napa Valley Barrel Auction on Friday, June 3, taking place this year at Robert Mondavi Winery.

Auction Napa Valley proceeds support community health and children’s education, benefiting more than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofit organizations annually.

To register for Auction Napa Valley, Napa Valley Vintners’ annual community fundraiser and the wine world’s most well-known charity event, visit

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