A native of Bend, Oregon, Brian Malarkey lived a cowboy lifestyle, growing up on a horse ranch and spending summers on the Oregon coast. He was inspired by the cooking of his grandmother in her beach house kitchen, where her old friend and famed foodie, James Beard, often joined her. After being seduced all of his life by the fresh seafood and abundant produce that the Oregon country side has to offer, Brian enrolled in Western Culinary Institute's Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Portland.
After graduation, Brian set his sights on California and sought the disciplines of French chef Michael Richard of Citrus in Los Angeles. After holding several positions in Chef Richard's kitchen, Brian relocated to Minneapolis where he worked at the Loring Café and The Local before being named Sous Chef at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. In 2001, he returned to his beloved Pacific Northwest to open The Oceanaire's Seattle location as Executive Sous Chef. In 2004, Brian relocated to Southern Calfiornia to open The Oceanaire in San Diego as Executive Chef and Operating Partner. Under Brian's helm, Oceanaire received more than 60 industry awards, including Brian's Gold Medallion for Chef of the Year and San Diego's Best Chef (2009).
In July 2010, Brian opened his first restaurant, Searsucker, to great fanfare. Located in the heart of San Diego's bustling Gaslamp District, Searsucker is a haven for New American Classic cuisine and combines Brian's culinary talents with impeccable design by famed interior designer, Thomas Schoos. On a nightly basis, Brian captivates diners as he showcases his talents and fun-loving approach to food in the restaurant's exhibition kitchen.
Brain's passion for food and entertaining is the driving force behind his pursuits in both the culinary and entertainment industry. Cast as a contestant on Bravo's Emmy-award winning series, "Top Chef 3 Miami" Brian advanced to the finale, gaining national recognition for his talents, high-energy and captivating charm. In 2010 he hosted TLC special "Mega Bits" in which he broke a world record by constructing gigantic cuisine all for charity within 48 hours!
Brian is also co-hosting TLC's "Kick Off Cook Off" with ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews in a new cooking competition that brings together America's two favorite pastimes - football and cooking. In each episode, two teams of football-loving foodies compete against each other and their favorite NFL football players while Brian judges as the cook off's "cheferee."
For more information about Chef Brian Malarkey, please visit www.brianmalarkey.com.