Chef Brian Malarkey has created 15 wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, which the which Zagat named one of the country’s biggest restaurant openings of 2016, USA Today named one of the country’s 10 best restaurants, Eater San Diego named Restaurant of the Year, and the San Diego Union Tribune described as, “the most thoughtful, exquisitely executed, stylish restaurant of the year.”
Connected to Herb & Wood is Herb & Eatery, the artisan market and all-day cafe. He is also the partner/operator of three healthy, fast- service restaurants in San Diego named Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse. Malarkey was the founding executive chef of Searsucker and Herringbone restaurants, which sold majority stake to Hakkasan Group in 2014. Under his guidance the brands expanded across the country and internationally to 10 locations. In 2018, Malarkey resigned from Searsucker and Herringbone to focus on the Puffer Malarkey Restaurants (Herb & Wood, Herb & Sea, Green Acre, Farmer & The Seahorse) and two upcoming projects, Herb & Sea and Animae, set to open by 2019.
He is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and was a Top Chef finalist and winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste, which he co-hosted alongside Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre. Malarkey has judged a variety of television cooking programs, including Rachael vs. Guy’s Kids Cook Off, Chopped All-Stars, Cutthroat Kitchen and can be seen headlining food and wine festivals around the country.
Growing up on a ranch in Oregon, and spending summers enjoying the fresh seafood on the coast, Malarkey discovered his love for food and cooking at a young age, which would eventually lead him to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu in Portland. Prior to opening his first restaurant, Malarkey held positions at several marquee restaurants in Los Angeles including Chef Michel Richard’s Citrus. He and his wife of 15 years, Chantelle, have three beautiful children, Hunter (9) and twins Sailor and Miles (7). He is active in his free time, surfing, paddle boarding, spearfishing and boating. He is also a racehorse owner and a past racetrack photographer.