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South America's most famous chef was born in Acassuso, in Argentina's Buenos Aires province, and moved to Patagonia in the south of the country at the age of seven. Aged 14, he started working as a cook on a tourist boat on Lake Nahuel Huapi, and by the age of 19 he was managing a restaurant with a partner.
Mallmann served Argentinian dishes in his restaurant, but, always keen to learn, he often referred to French cookery books. He was inspired by techniques and anxious to touch, taste and cook the ingredients not readily available in South America.
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