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John Malik grew up in New Orleans. As Chef/Owner of 33 Liberty Restaurant in Greenville, SC, he received a James Beard semi-finalist nomination for Best Chef, Southeast in 2008. He's been an Executive Chef at two Continuing Care Retirement Communities. He was named to Who’s Who in American Barbecue by Bon Appetit Magazine and is a Certified Kingsford Flame Master. He owns Jack Russell Social Media, and is a Hospitality Consultant. He blogs at chefjohnmalik.com and is author of Doughnuts for Amy. John began writing stories for his Mom when he was in 5th grade and has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. His novel, Doughnuts for Amy, will be published by Winter Goose Publishing in 2016.

Entries by John Malik

You've Already Won

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 2:33 PM

So you didn't win a billion dollars. Well here's a news flash: Money is no guarantee of happiness. I know because I've won the lottery and it's so much more than money.

Every time my wife kisses me, when she whispers in my ear and makes the hair on the...

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Merry Christmas, Brother Malik

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 4:12 PM

I routinely attend church. And it's a very nice church. Our house of worship is 190+ years old with soaring ceilings, gorgeous stained glass, hand-finished wooden pews, an enormous organ, brass fixtures, and a marble topped altar. Our worship services can be incredibly inspirational and our rector is a gifted...

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The Painted Lady

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:43 PM

How would you respond if your wife was murdered?

Would you devote your life to finding the killer? Would you be able to methodically put all the pieces of the puzzle together, find the guilty party then turn him over to the police? Or perhaps you would be able to...

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Defeat, and Victory

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 2:06 PM

The look in my son's eyes was something I hadn't seen in him before. He clutched me, hugged me as only one that benches 225 can, and bawled loudly. In 18 years, he's never cried like this. I offered the only words that seemed to make sense. "You did your...

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Carolina Craft

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Ed Buffington is a man in love with beer. The subtleties, nuance, the traditions and the global culture of beer flow through his veins like, well, beer through a tap. His store, the Community Tap, is the new country club for Greenville's craft beer set. Along with his...

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Merci Beaucoup, Chef

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:23 PM

"One day, you're going to be a great attorney."

"Yeah, uh, thanks, Dad."

How could I tell my attorney father that a morbidly obese cook from Opelousas, Louisiana, a man that favored sweet potatoes and pork belly over Filet Mignon, had already set me on my career path to...

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Dear Chattanooga, it's time to take the Stairs

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Recently my friends (at least I thought we were friends) at Outside Magazine compiled a list of the best cities in the United States. The best cities to live in, in the entire US of A. And my adopted hometown of Greenville, SC, wasn't there. We didn't even get an...

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Sweet Tea and Coriander Smoke

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 4:18 PM

The coriander-laced aroma drifted across our table, cleared our senses, washed away summer's heat and set the tone for a remarkable evening. Much like a religious ceremony, dinner at Herons requires faith in the sacrament of hospitality. As with any profound ritual, one should be in the proper frame of...

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North Carolina's Daily Bread

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Lionel Vatinet is dreaming. He's held high by an unseen parent gripping him on one arm and one leg and he's being lofted in a mighty circle, spinning through acres of locally grown, heirloom varieties of wheat. Authentic amber waves, untouched by genetic modification, sprinkle his imagination with renditions of...

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Pork Bark and Chicken Skin

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Paul Fehribach hesitates. He's standing over perhaps thirty pounds of succulent, decadent, whole hog barbecue. In a few hours, this particular barbecue pork will be declared the winner of the Whole Hog competition at the North Carolina State Barbecue Championship. The cookers, Boone Town BBQ, are sporting Appalachian State colors...

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Interview with The Poet

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 3:30 PM

A Rod McKuen 8-Track. That was my first exposure to poetry and looking back, it didn't resonate with me because if my sisters liked it then I wanted no part of it. And if this guy was so special, how come he didn't have a real band, with electric guitars?...

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In Defense of Football

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:33 PM

My son is a high school football player and I love watching him play the game.

I never played organized football. When I started sixth grade, I told my dad I wanted to play ball. And he said no. Dad was afraid I would hurt myself so he told me...

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Is Your Company on Social Media? Then Take Notes, Please.

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:42 PM

I bought a blender a few months ago. It's an Oster bar blender that cost me a whopping $39.99 at Target. After almost ten years of service, my previous blender gave up the ghost and a couple days later I was hustling through Target when I saw a big display...

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9 Reasons Not to Visit or Move to Greenville, South Carolina in 2015

(75) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 2:37 PM

I'm sure you've seen the news and read the headlines. Seems like every time I get online, some travel or food writer is gushing over my adopted town of Greenville, South Carolina. There's ten reasons why Greenville should be on your radar, or your vacation plans, or your retirement plans,...

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I Predict a Tie

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:02 PM

As Rich Gore made his way to the front door of my restaurant, I put an arm around his shoulder, pulled him close and mumbled, "I'm gonna wipe the floor with Phillipe."

Rich pulled on his jacket and smiled casually. "Malik, I'm gonna predict a tie."

Once upon a time,...

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Turkey Legs and Pudding Pops

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Street food. The best examples are perfectly portioned, regionally correct, delicious, and best when eaten by hand. And as I contemplated the hallmarks of great street food, I was standing in front of an Irish Pub's booth with of all things, a banana pudding pop. And it was so perfect...

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Dumb Luck?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:45 PM

A handful of shimmering leaves, shades of green, yellow, and gold, twisted through my field of vision. Moistened by the midnight rain, they fluttered to the road, clung to the rocky shoulder, and twirled into the mist. A feathery blanket of fog melted into the valleys while sunlight sparkled on...

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Is This Your Car?

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:27 AM

We've known for months that a new contractor was about to build in our neighborhood. We were excited as well as a bit nervous. New home construction comes with all sorts of variables and challenges for the existing neighbors. There's the headache of construction debris, the constant traffic, the noise,...

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A Tale of Two BBQs

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Hudson Denny has just handed me perhaps the most memorable bite of BBQ I've ever had. It's beef brisket; tender as a poem by Byron, more complex than a fine Bordeaux, redolent with spice, smoke, acid, sweetness and cherry wood overtones. Hudson can tell I'm impressed by my wicked smile....

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A Honey of a Smile

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Patrick Square's Farmer's Market was buzzing with activity yet the sky behind Liydia Vdovichenko was starting to darken. The threat of a thunderstorm was in the air yet Liydia wasn't fazed. There were shoppers with money in their hands and she had something precious for sale: honey -- made by...

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