Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…
Argentine television has provided for the Manolo his latest complete and total obsession, the undisputed genius of culinary fire, the chef Francis Mallmann.
If you do not know Francis Mallman, you must learn of him immediately. He is not just the greatest chef ever produced by Argentina, but also perhaps the most completely self-confident and instinctively correct lifestyle maven to emerge in the past 25 years. Compared to Mallmann, Martha Stewart is the dowdy and self-doubting hausfrau.
To watch Mallmann is to know immediately how one should live one’s life. And his masterful cooking show, Un lugar en Medoza, is both the oddest and most satisfying cooking show ever to appear on television, anywhere. It is, above all else, completely mesmerizing.
But, see for yourself…
And that is the show. Mallmann drives his Land Rover to the remote place in the Mendoza Province, starts the giant fire, cooks something quickly over the fire, and then in the back of the Land Rover watches the dvd movie that obliquely ties together the food and the wine and the place.
It sounds dull, but indeed it is not, as the calm and confident spirit of Mallmann suffuses every second of the show, leaving one wishing one could be Mallmann.