Argentine celebrity chef Francis Mallmann is now cooking with fire in France. The Chef’s Table star has opened Francis Mallmann at Château La Coste, T, the New York Times style magazine, reports. The restaurant is one of several at Château La Coste, an organic winery and contemporary art park on 600 acres near Aix-en-Provence. “I sort of fell in love with the scope and the romance of the place. It’s like a beautiful, deep dream that marries the wonderful worlds of food, wine and art,” Mallmann told T of his decision to bring his latest restaurant to the estate.
On the Château La Coste website, Mallmann describes the restaurant as embodying “the spirit of [his] South American fires,” but with a design inspired by the colors of artist Paul Cézanne’s Aix-en-Provence studio.
The menu will feature Mallmann’s signature wood-fired cooking techniques, and a courtyard next to the estate’s art center will be the site of Mallmann’s own installation of sorts: a wire dome used for hanging and slow-cooking meat on the bone.
In 2015, Mallmann opened his first restaurant outside of South America in Miami at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The chef is actually returning to France for his second restaurant outside of his home continent — he spent years working in restaurants in France in the early eighties. Mallmann says on the restaurant’s site that he is honored to “bring the taste of [his] cooking to a country that inspired [his] very first beginnings.”