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Thursday night I ran into Brian Malarkey, star of ABC’s The Taste, at Gingham in La Mesa. Malarkey, Top Chef season 3 Runner-up, owns six local restaurants: Gingham, Gabardine, Seersucker, Burlap, Herringbone, and Campine.

The 34-year-old was sporting patent leather Danskos. Thanks to his all-American preppy quirkiness and a nice pair of argyle socks, Malarkey was able to pull of wearing clogs with ankle-skimming pants.

You can find Malarkey’s Dansko clogs at Nordstrom for $124.99.

Every Tuesday night at Gingham they host a viewing party of The Taste. If you plan on attending, I recommend ordering The Ballerina and the Czar, a blend of vodka, cucumber water, and blueberry honey.

“We were number one in our time slot last week,” Malarkey said of his new reality program that airs Tuesdays @ 8/7c on ABC.


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Ian Pike Jan. 29, 2013 @ 9:06 p.m.

Malarkey always kind of looks like a kook. Not bad. Just straight up kooky. I guess if it works for him and he's famous, keep doing what you're doing!


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