|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Birthday:||Sep 26, 1972|
|Age:||49 years old|
|Height:||5.8 feet (177cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Last Updated:||July, 2022|
Brian Malarkey became a top chef after his appearance and finalist position on Top Chef Miami Season 3. His appearance on the show allowed him to gain the reputation that he has and rack up a whopping net worth of 15 million US Dollars.
How Did Brian Malarkey Become Rich?
Brian Malarkey was born on 26th September 1972 and grew up in Oregon. His parents divorced when he was young and he and his brother were raised by their mother on a ranch. He visited his grandmother’s beach house as a child; this is where he learnt how to cook and his love for cooking seafood as an adult came from. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Portland and graduated in 1994. He worked in Los Angeles at several restaurants, including that of Citrus, founded by French Chef Michel Richard.
After he resigned from his role at Citrus, he travelled abroad in order to learn about different cuisines and cultures in Europe and Northern Africa. When he went back to the United States, he continued working at different restaurants like The Local, the Loring Café and, in 2001, a Sous Chef position at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. In 2004 Malarkey relocated with his family to help open The Oceanaire Seafood Room in San Diego as an operating partner and the executive chef.
However, Malarkey’s rise to fame occurred when he came fourth in the third season of Top Chef; he has featured as a guest and a host on shows such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, TLC’s Kick Off Cook Off, Mega bites. He featured on BravoTv’s shows Top Chef: All-Stars (Season 17) and another show called The Remix (a sub-series of Top Chef Six Las Vegas). He was a mentor on ABC’s Cooking reality TV show The Taste alongside Anthony Bourdain and was a guest chef on Hell’s Kitchen in 2014.
After his appearance on Top Chef in 2010, while still living in San Diego, he opened Searsucker alongside James Brennan, a nightclub developer and owner of a nationally acclaimed restaurant by the name of Stingaree.
In 2008 he sold the nationally and internationally acclaimed Herringbone and Searsucker restaurants; to the Hakkasan group for approximately 25,000,000 US Dollars. He also resigned from his role in the company in order to focus on the restaurant he opened with his business partner, Christopher Puffer. The restaurant was named Puffer Malarkey and included the following (chain) restaurants: the Herb & Wood, the Herb & Sea, the Herb & Ranch. The Herb & Eatery, Animae, the NIMA Café, The Green Acre and Farmer & The Seahorse. His award-winning restaurant in San Diego, Herb & Wood, is considered one of the best in America. He has also won an award from OpenTable known as the ‘Diner’s Choice Award.’
What Is Net Worth?
Brian Malarkey’s net worth in 2022 is 15 million US Dollars. He started at about 10,000,000 US Dollars in 2019; in 2020, his net worth was approximately 12,000,000 US Dollars.
Other than being a chef and owning fifteen nationally and internationally acclaimed restaurants, Malarkey is also a food blogger for BravoTv and San Diego Magazine and a writer – having published two cookbooks. One of the hardcover cookbooks go for 10 US Dollars on Amazon. He offers virtual cooking classes and, according to his website, cooking packages that start at 5,000 US Dollars and include a meal prep with one of his planners (for a minimum of 20 guests).
He posts sponsored content on his Instagram page, meaning this is also a stream of income for him – brands working with him and paying him to post their service or product on his social media account. His YouTube channel called Coasting with Brian Malarkey with nearly 6,000 YouTube subscribers may also be a revenue stream through ad revenue or sponsorships/ads that he features in the videos).
In 2017 he created a line of chef’s apparel for professional and home cooks; the apparel is named Huntington Co, named after one of his sons.
Over the years he has had a reasonable number of appearances on television that have also contributed to his income stream.
How Brian Malarkey Spends His Money?
There is not a lot of information about how Malarkey spends his money, but it is known that he owns a 3,500 square feet beach house in San Diego where he stays with his children and wife; it boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a children’s playroom, a swimming pool.
Because he has a family, it can be assumed that he spends money on the trips they take (such as fishing trips and family trips abroad) and the maintenance of his family.
As an entrepreneur, he would also use his income to maintain his brand and restaurants as well as his apron apparel company.
- Malarkey has been married to his wife, Chantelle Marie, for seventeen years, and they have three children together.
- In his free time, he enjoys fishing with his children, paddle boarding, surfing, supporting and giving back to charity organizations and non-profits; he helps his friend organize events for children with autism.
- He has spoken fondly about his time on Top Chef; he considers the experience a pivotal moment in his career and helps him grow his cooking skills.
- He is active on social media with nearly 13,000 Twitter followers and 40,000 Instagram followers – where he posts Instagram reels of his cooking and videos and pictures with his children and wife.
- He became famous for his seafood-based cooking; he also favours cooking seafood-based meals due to his grandmother’s house upbringing. It is for this reason that he moved his family to a beachside home as well.
- He has won the Rising Star Chef 2019 show and was a Finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars, Season 17.
- While on Mega Bites, he received a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest Rice Krispies Treat.