Mallmann, who lives on a private island in Patagonia, will come to London for the first time for the dinner, as first reported by Big Hospitality. The “dinner event” will be from 3-5 October, with six courses paired with wines specially imported from Argentina’s Bodega Cantena Zapata. Those courses will include smashed crusty Andean potato with smoked butter and caviar, corn Humita with basil, and, obviously, a huge hunk of meat: slowly roasted rubia gallega rib eye on the bone. Mallmann said of the dinner: “This will be a perfect meal; it has two of my favourite ingredients… crusty potato and rib eye.”
Mallmann was a star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table in its first season, in the days when diversity wasn’t a priority. Things are changing, thankfully: London’s Asma Khan will feature in the sixth season, coming spring 2019. Mallmann was also the subject of a contentious profile in Esquire last year, in which he celebrated his infidelity and treatment of women; he also tried to teach Londoners how to cook lunch, once.
The price of dinner — excluding drinks — is £280. Two hundred and eighty pounds. But is it the most interesting event in the city in October?