Originally from New Orleans, John Malik is a food & beverage consultant, writer, marketer, and restaurateur. 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’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. Doughnuts for Amy is based on his experiences as executive chef at two continuing care retirement communities in upstate South Carolina.
Look for Doughnuts for Amy in February 2016
With the death of his wife taking an enormous emotional toll, Nick St. Germaine is forced to sell his successful restaurant to deal with his loss, his son, and the remains of their family. A year later Nick is called on to take over the executive chef position at Woodmont Retirement Community, where he buries himself in his work and attempts to move forward one day at a time. When a change in management brings new Community Director Amy Sommers into his life, Nick abruptly shows his disdain for her. Convinced to give him a chance, Amy soon finds Nick to be an effective manager, a brilliant cook, and a man worth knowing on a deeper level. Surrounded by quirky cooks, World War II vets, and cranky widows, they set about mending Nick’s broken heart together through understanding, compassion, and a few delectable fried pastries.