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You may recognize the gentleman above as the the high-energy, fedora-sporting chef from Season 3 of Bravo’s ever-popular “Top Chef" series, where Brian Malarkey ultimately advanced to the finale.
After holding several positions under French chef Michel Richard and earning more than 60 industry awards as Executive Chef at San Diego's The Oceanaire, Malarkey will open up his very first restaurant, Searsucker, in San Diego, California, this summer.
But before all this chef business, Malarkey was a boy on a horse ranch in Bend, Oregon, spending summers on the coast and time in the kitchen with his grandmother - where she was often joined by her old friend, James Beard (who, might we add, is a good friend to have).
In the spirit of this childhood, Malarkey shares what ingredients taught him to love food.
Top 5 Most Inspiring Foods: Brian Malarkey
1. Dungeness crab
4. "Rocky Mountain Oysters," also known as bull testicles
5. Rice Krispies Treats
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