What do you consider a gourmet meal? Do you believe that price correlates with quality?
There is no [such] thing as a gourmet meal; there is delicious food and wine that enhances the thoughts of guests and provides better conversations, [but] by the way, the food and wine was delicious. Good products, such as cutlery, glasses, china and linens, are pricey, so yes.
Fuegos de Apalta and Siete Fuegos are set amid vineyards; Los Fuegos is in a popular Miami hotel; and your latest eponymous undertaking is in France. How do you select the locations of your restaurants?
If they are remote, the better for me.
Which of your restaurants is the closest to your heart and why?
Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, because it’s my home as well.
What is the best meal you have ever eaten?
So many — all more related to the company than to the food and wine.
How does food play a role in your travels? Does it help determine where you go?
I travel so much that I am not too adventurous. I love the best hotels with the best room service.
While visiting another country, do you ever go on food tours?
I find food tours unromantic and boring.
Is there a specific dish that you have created that was inspired by a travel experience?
I have created nothing. I have embraced the roots of our natives and gauchos.