Brian Malarkey

Herb & Wood, Green Acre, Farmer & The Seahorse | San Diego, CA

Chef Brian Malarkey has created 15 wildly successful restaurants across the U.S. His latest venture, Herb & Wood, located in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, has been awarded with numerous accolades. Herb & Wood was named one of the country’s “Biggest Restaurant Openings” by Zagat, one of America’s “10 Best Restaurants” by USA Today, “Restaurant of the Year” by Eater San Diego and “Best Restaurant” by San Diego Magazine.

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 nationally and internationally to 10 locations. In 2018, Malarkey resigned from Searsucker and Herringbone to focus on the Puffer Malarkey Restaurants (Herb & Wood, Herb & Eatery, Green Acre, Farmer & The Seahorse) and two upcoming projects, Herb & Sea and Animae, set to open in 2019.

Malarkey is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show, 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. He judges a variety of shows, including Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off, Chopped All-Stars, and Cutthroat Kitchen. Eager to give back, he supports nonprofits like, Rady Children’s Hospital, Berry Good Food, Chimps Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Surfer’s Healing and more.