• Greenville
  • Spartanburg
  • Greer
  • Simpsonville
  • Clemson
  • Anderson
  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
  • Brevard
  • Western NC Counties

Broker & Culinary & Operations Advisor

John Malik is a well-known entity in culinary circles around the Upstate as the first James Beard nominated chef from the Upstate in 2008. Chef joined National Restaurant Properties in 2022 to be able to play a bigger role in the development of cuisine in the town that adopted him many years ago.

  • Business Brokerage
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Tenant Representation
  • Landlord Representation
  • Menu Design & Installation
  • Kitchen Management & Flow
  • F&B Operations Consulting
  • Staff Retention & Training
  • Helping Restaurants Thrive


Originally from New Orleans, Chef Malik is a renowned Restaurant Coach, an F&B Consultant, a James Beard nominated chef, a former restaurant owner, a former executive chef + an esteemed writer who has been published in many regional & national outlets. You’ll find Chef Malik’s essays in The Greenville Journal, The Chocolate Life & The Huffington Post – to name a few.

His passion for developing talent in his local community and driving the success of restauranteurs everywhere is infectious to anyone he works with.

Following is just a highlight of his experiences:
Chef/Owner – 33 Liberty Restaurant – Greenville SC (where he earned his James Beard nomination
Culinary Columnist – The Greenville Journal
The Mills Hotel – Charleston SC
The Augusta Grill – Greenville SC
Food & Beverage Director – Cascades Verdae Retirement Community – Greenville SC
World Central Kitchen – Poland/Ukraine Border During On-Set Of Russian Invasion Into Ukraine
Featured on The Food Network, Bon Appetit Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Chile Pepper Magazine and numerous wine & food festivals


  • Culinary Arts – Delgado College – New Orleans
  • B.A. – English Literature – Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Commercial Real Estate License – SC

What I Enjoy the Most About NRP and BNB

I enjoy helping aspirational chefs and operators achieve their dreams. This is an extremely tough business if you aren’t adequately prepared. One bad experience can ruin any business.

Favorite Quote(s)

  • “The best chefs in Paris are skiing in Switzerland.” - You’ll have to ask Chef Malik


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