Brian Malarkey is one of the country’s most successful and sought-after chef/restaurateurs. Throughout his career he has created over 15 wildly successful restaurant concepts. In 2012 he sold majority stake of his first restaurant group (Searsucker and Herringbone) to global Hakkasan Group for $25 million, which he grew to include 10+ locations in the U.S. and internationally. Shortly after he resigned from the group and created a second restaurant group, the Puffer Malarkey Collective, with his longtime business partner, Christopher Puffer. Together they have opened 10 different concepts in 5 years, including the nationally acclaimed Herb & Wood and his most recent, opulent Pan Asian experience, Animae. He has partnerships with both the Irvine Company and Alexandria Real Estate Equities and creating and operating unique restaurant concepts for their business parks and reinventing the work week meal.