Local Voices – Cristina Brino

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Argentina, Featured, In The Know, Local Voices, Media, South America | 7 comments

Cristina Brino, cooking instructor at Finca Adalgisa

Name: Cristina Brino

Occupation: Cooking class instructor at Finca Adalgisa, Boutique Hotel & Winery

Favorite Expression: “Cook with your eyes.”

Birth City: Mendoza, Argentina

Family Nationality: My parents are Argentinian and Grandparents are Italian.

How did you learn to cook? For my technical skills I studied at the Escuela Internacional Islas Malvinas cooking school. I truly learned to cook from my Grandmother as I grew up.

Cooking experience: I worked for 4 years for the acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann at his famous restaurant 1884. I also have worked at wonderful restaurants in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in Santiago, Chile.

What is your favorite dish to cook? My favorite dish to cook is different than my favorite dish to eat. I love cooking desserts. I adore working with chocolate. Desserts are difficult because it’s necessary to be precise with the ingredients. I prefer to cook with my eyes and not follow strict recipes so I’m always very pleased when my desserts turn out so well. I prefer to eat lighter dishes but I love to make sweets.

In that case, what is your favorite dish to eat?  Things that are incredibly fresh like a very fresh piece of fish or pasta that was just made. I love fish that is cooked rare and done with fresh herbs and simple ingredients like olive oil. Or a pasta that is cooked in a small batch with simple accoutrements like butter, oil and fresh herbs. Fresh is king.

Career Goal: To run my own cooking school in Mendoza. This city is my place.

What do you love about cooking? I love the iron and the fire. The fire entrances me when I cook over open flames.

When you aren’t cooking what do you like to do? I spend time with my daughters,  go to the river or the movies.

Cristina’s cooking space

Empanada filling. Beef, onion and animal lard. The lard makes all the difference.

Beef and onion empanadas

The beef and onion filling

Baked potatoes in the fire brick oven

Rib eye with potatoes and grilled tomato

Baked fruit with ice cream


  1. What a wonderful interview – and the photos are beautiful. I have been to Northern South America – this convinces me I need to visit the Southern countries as well!

  2. It was so great meeting you all. What a great interview with Cristina. It was, by far, the most delicious meal I had in Argentina! Happy travels and be safe and healthy!

  3. Wow!!

  4. @Sara Thanks for checking out the site. Yes, one of the best meals we had in Argentina for sure! I hope you guys enjoyed the rest of your travels. :) Stay in touch.

  5. bookmarked!!, I like your website!

  6. Thanks @Wilton!

  7. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern . “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” by Jonathan Larson.


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