Originally from New Orleans, John Malik is a food & beverage consultant, writer, digital marketer, and cyclist. While chef/owner of 33 Liberty Restaurant in Greenville, SC, he was featured on Food Network, Bon Appetit Magazine, Southern Living, Chile Pepper Magazine, and received a nomination from the James Beard Society for Best Chef in the Southeast. John received his culinary education in his hometown of New Orleans, LA and in his years of professional cooking can count stints at Christian’s, the Eiffel Tower (both in New Orleans), Supper at Seven, The Mills House Hotel, (both in Charleston), the Augusta Grill, Stella’s Southern Bistro, and 33 Liberty (all in Greenville, SC) John’s online essays about his many food-based experiences, including competitive barbecue, appearing live with Sara Moulton, and trading shots with Anthony Bourdain, helped to renew his interest in writing. While Food & Beverage Director of Greenville’s Cascades Verdae Retirement Community, he wrote and published his novel Doughnuts for Amy .
John has mentored and worked with some of Greenville’s best known chefs including Jeff Kelly of Stella’s Southern Brasserie, Eddie Wiles of Greenville’s Nose Dive, Joe Cash, Chef de Cuisine at The Pool in New York City, Tony Keely of Northampton Wines, and Alex George of GB & D. Today you can find John’s essays on Food, Travel, and the culinary scene of the Southeast in the Huffington Post.