Brian Malarkey has created 15 wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood, his newest concept in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, 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.”
Chef Malarkey is also the chef/partner of Herb & Eatery, a chef market and elevated fast-casual cafe, connected to Herb & Wood, and partner/operator of three healthy, fast-service restaurants in San Diego named Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse. Malarkey’s other restaurants, under the management of Hakkasan Group – a worldwide entertainment, dining, nightlife, and hospitality company, include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar, Austin, Las Vegas) and Herringbone (La Jolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Los Cabos).
In 2017 he launched a chef’s apparel line called Huntington Co., named after his son, which specializes in high-end aprons for professional and home cooks. He is also the author of “Come Early, Stay Late” a collection of recipes from his restaurants.
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.