Francis Mallmann and Seven Fires

As Gourmay readers are aware, I am an avid follower of “Mind of a Chef” which airs on PBS at the bizarre hour of 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The program lasts only 20 minutes, but contains some of the best educational cooking footage from leading chefs around the world: David Chang, Sean Brock and RenĂ© Redzepi to name just a few. I am rarely disappointed.

Last week, Mind of a Chef featured a lovely interview with Francis Mallmann, an iconic outdoorsman who cooks with wood-burning fires in the southern regions of Argentina. Mallmann, best known for his book, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, has recently released Mallmann on Fire which features Mallmann’s love affair for cooking with wood fires. PBS has not yet realized the full version of Mallmann’s superb interview with chef Ed Lee, but you can catch the trailer by CLICKING HERE!

For those who who want to see Mallmann in action (Spanish speaking) cooking wild trout and Polenta in Argentina, watch the video below. Please note that you are likely to work up a hearty appetite if you plan on doing anything remotely similar to eat fresh trout, but Argentines are noted for their theatrics as well as their appetites. Enjoy!

Sean Brock at Husk

In the second season of Mind of a Chef, the featured chef is Sean Brock of Husk restaurant in Charleston, SC. Mind of a Chef is shown on Sunday at the ungodly hour of 4:30 p.m. on PBS. Needless to say, we record it and watch it later in the week.

We just watched a fascinating program on “seeds” which featured Sean talking about some of the native grains in America and faro, which was brought to America by the Italians in the late 17th century. Gourmay will be featuring some of these great educational videos on authentic American cuisine and how farmers in the south are helping to preserve and nurture “real” food that has not been genetically engineered.

A toast to Sean Brock and organic farmers everywhere. Let’s keep the taste in food.