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Brian Malarkey

Partner and Chef, Stellar Blue Hospitality

Brian Malarkey opened concept restaurants, Herb & Wood and Herb & Eatery with two of his close friends, co-chef Shane McIntyre and general manager Christopher Puffer, in April 2016. It brings to six the number of San Diego area Malarkey concept eateries, including Farmer & the Seahorse in the Alexandria at Torrey Pines and Green Acre Eatery – a farm to table organic restaurant with healthy, flavorful food and seasonal menus. Malarkey’s other restaurants – under the management of international hospitality company Hakkasan Group – include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar) and Herringbone (La Jolla). Malarkey’s Little Italy and downtown eateries have won awards locally and nationally, including Zagat, Eater, and San Diego Magazine.

ALMA MATER: Western Culinary Institute, Portland

FUN FACT: He grew up in Oregon on a ranch and was a rodeo champion.

ADVICE: “Don’t count the pennies you are saving, count the dollars you are making.”

AFTER HOURS: Loves to spend his time with his family going boating, fishing, traveling and eating around as many cities as he can.

OUTREACH: He is heavily involved with Surfer’s Healing, Chimps Inc (a chimpanzee sanctuary in Bend, Ore.), Feeding America, The Berry Good Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.