Open fire cooking and fine dining have become firm friends in recent years. Chefs around the world are returning to one of the oldest and most primitive methods of cooking inspired by the unique flavours that only smoke and flame can impart to meat and vegetables.
We've rounded up a selection of restaurants around the world, from Stockholm to South Africa, where open fire cooking in the kitchen rules.
1. Ekstedt, Stockholm
For Michelin-starred open fire cooking head this inventive Stockholm restaurant where ingredients are cooked in a wood-burning oven, over a fire-pit or smoked through a chimney using birch wood.
The Italian tradition of cooking seasonal specials “alla brace”, over open embers is a daily spectacle in this energetic open kitchen with two wood-burning ovens and an open-fire grill taking center stage.
Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain have gained a solid reputation for their fire-based cooking at this Oakland destination where recipes include half a Dungeness crab grilled in the fireplace to wood oven-roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and artichokes with smoky lentils, turnips and a poached egg. If you can't make it there, you can always try out some recipes in their cookbook.
This fun, casual Spanish gastropub is a great place to savour the delights of northern Spain, stateside while the fire crackles while the vino flows. Try the paella cooked to perfection in the wood-fired oven.