'A proper barbecue takes time,' reasoned Alfredo Häberli when we challenged him to design an outdoor grill. 'And although cook-outs are considered to be social gatherings, they often exclude the cook.' So Häberli has made our barbecue a social place. Rather then isolating the person manning the station, the grill becomes a place to gather and have a drink with friends while the food is being cooked. Working with metal specialists, Kim, the piece is produced in a mix of oak, yellow zinc-plated steel, brushed stainless steel and painted steel. The accompanying tools are made from hand-forged stainless steel.
Once we had our barbecue sorted, we needed something to cook on it. So, having struck gold with Häberli, we decided to enlist the services of one of his countrymen, London-based Argentine chef and food entrepreneur Diego Jacquet. He answered our call with a chorizo criollo, a coiled sausage made out of British pork and Argentine beef, seasoned with dried chilli flakes, oregano, paprika, garlic and white wine. Traditionally, the wine is dry, but Jacquet bucked the trend with a fruity and sweet Torrontés from Salta, Argentina.
We tasked the meat-loving owners behind Canadian sandwich shop Meat & Bread to create the perfect set of barbecue condiments. Frankie Harrington and Cord Jarvie specially created a meat rub with hints of fennel, coriander and star anise, a red pepper relish and a balsamic onion jam. The set is rounded off with a supersized jar of their signature mustard, all housed in a herringbone box created by the duo's design collaborators Glasfurd & Walker. Made from 700 pieces of wood to echo the shop's countertop, its animal logo is revealed when it's empty.
When it came to creating an apron and a pair of oven gloves to complement our designer barbecue, we turned immediately to linen label Alfred. Its Belgian designers have devised two oven gloves and an oven cloth - all lined with a heat-resistant inner layer - a tea towel and an androgynous apron in a choice of graphic prints, with just the right amount of subtle styling for use indoors or out. Each piece is made from 100 per cent linen and is yarn-dyed for added durability.
Photography: Robert Bellamy