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One of LA’s Best Annual Celebrity Cookouts Takes Place September 13 in Bel-Air

Francis Mallmann, Nancy Silverton, Eric Werner, and Dave Pynt join Wolfgang Puck in the ritzy hilltop hotel

Francis Mallmann at the Hotel Bel-Air
Audrey Ma

The Hotel Bel Air is known for hosting some of the choicest celebrity chef dinners in the city, with events that feature the likes of Daniel Humm and Massimo Battura of Osteria Francescana fame.

This year on September 13, they’re throwing a third annual cookout on the lawn of the Hotel Bel-Air, where Francis Mallmann (Chef’s Table) returns to join Eric Werner (Hartwood, Tulum), Nancy Silverton, and new entrant Dave Pynt, who hails from Burnt Ends in Singapore.

Burnt Ends is currently ranked 14th in the Asia version of the World’s Fifty Best listicle, focusing on barbecue and all kinds of open-fire cooking in the Southeast Asian megacity. Of course, Wolfgang Puck will be grilling up his own specialties while holding court over his home turf (he has a restaurant in the hotel as well).

Francis Mallman’s epic open-air wood fire setup was the talk of the event last year, with rotisserie chickens and pineapples dangling from twine. Meanwhile Eric Werner was grilling up massive whole fish over charcoal and even April Bloomfield managed to make a cameo, helping Mallmann plate a vegetable course.

Last year the event was sold out despite high-priced tickets, which come with wine pairings and the rare chance to meet chefs face-to-face while they barbecue and grill food out in the open. The soirée is served buffet-style, which means hungry diners can keep going back for seconds and thirds, a departure from a more formalized tasting menu experience one typical has at events like this.

The event commences at 5:30 p.m. Pick up the $250 per person tickets on Tock.

Here’s a summary video of the event from 2016:

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