Alongside Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre, Brian Malarkey was the winning judge/mentor on ABC’s “The Taste” Season 1. A past “Top Chef” finalist, Malarkey has judged several series on the Food Network, TLC, Travel Channel, Bravo and more. A headliner at food and wine festivals across the country, Malarkey has created seven wildly successful restaurants in the United States and is expanding; in Las Vegas, he’s opened Searsucker at Caesars Palace, and, this winter, will open Herringbone at Aria. That’s exactly what it is. Some chefs want you to come in and eat the food, and that’s what the experience is about. I firmly believe that a dining experience is the memories that you leave with—the conversations, the jokes told. The food is a facilitator of memories. It brings people together. The real memories are what happens when humans interact with each other. Austin, Texas, is absolutely mind-blowing with how many amazing restaurants are there. And I can never get enough of New York City—I’m a kid in a candy store there, there's always so much going on. And since I’m from the Northwest, anytime I can get back to Portland or Seattle, I’m excited. White wine. But I don’t think it’s guilty. I love charcuterie and cheeses also.