Krug, Francis Mallmann and Rough Luxury

“You have to watch the Chef’s Table”. When I was invited to a combination of Krug, the Connaught and the prospect of meeting the sybarite who has taken the concept of cooking on open fires to a whole new level Patagonian – Francis Mallmann – I knew that one person who would really help me appreciate this experience was my friend Steph – architect brainchild behind many award winning restaurants and homes in Argentina not to mention the rest of the world. She’s eaten at his restaurant and he’s eaten at restaurants she’s designed. Match made in heaven right?! 

Like all great artists – and believe me Mallmann is an artist – he has a poetically liquid silver way with words and the fine cut luxury of his brown suede shoes and signature blue hat lend their own quirky artistic appeal to this maestro with a difference. I am also fast falling in love with the term “rough luxury”. Hosted in London’s glorious Connaught hotel over plates of freshly chunked and parmesan cheese and oily deliciousness of seranno ham and bubbling Krug, Mallmann tells us he is en route to his newly opened Chateau La Cost restaurant in Provence…and there’s a London one pencilled in too for Mayfair.

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Food he explains is meant to be enjoyed as an experience – with friends –  and it is this belief that has brought Krug and Mallmann together on July 29th for the Krug Festival Into The Wild experience. Billed as a romantic night where you can reach out to the night and stars, think Mallmann’s theatrical, open fire cookings from sand pits, trenches and dome-shaped farms across three sites at the Grange accompanied by live musical performance and Krug…lots of Krug…all set in the great outdoors of the English countryside at The Grange an 18th century heritage site. I still haven’t watched Chef’s Table. I’m simply planning on finding a way to experience this chef’s outdoor table myself.

Tickets £395 per person and £750 for a pair. Register your interest at www.krugfestival.com

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