Upstate Quarantine: 5 Questions With John Malik

  • By cvbizz
  • April 23, 2020
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Social Distancing is a shared experience that we all are dealing with in unique and varied ways. We thought if would be interesting to see how people across the Upstate are handling this situation and get their outlook on things going forward.

Today we talk with from our friend John Malik.
Extremely accomplished, John is a James Beard Society nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast, has published a novel Doughnuts for Amy and you can find his essays on Food, Travel, and the culinary scene of the Southeast in the Huffington Post. John is currently Chef of the Loft at Soby’s.

  • What has surprised you most about Social Distancing?

    The stress it’s induced. Not having that human touch with your friends has been challenging

  • Do you see Social Distancing having a lasting effect or do you see this as a temporary phase that will be unlikely to affect the way we live and interact longterm?

    I would hope we are kinder to one another, especially when behind the wheel of our automobiles. So let’s hope we remember how it felt to sit at home and let that be our guide when we are able to travel at will.

  • What’s the first thing you plan on doing once this is all over?

    Going back to work. I dearly miss the day to day interaction with our team at Soby’s. And of course a proper dinner out.

  • What’s your favorite way to cope with Social Distancing?

    Cycling hadn’t been cancelled or closed so I can still jump on my bike and ride 30 or 40 miles. And I’m baking a good bit at home and that requires planning.

  • Has your view on what’s essential changed over the past few weeks?

    Yup. We dry our clothes on a line now, just trying to save energy. And it’s not a big deal.

  • Name one thing you thought you’d miss but really don’t.
    Driving in to work

  • Tell us about your organization or business and how we can help promote what you are doing during this challenging time.

    I believe we’re doing our best with takeout.

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Together with Fete Magazine and GVLMedia, iOnGreenville will be sharing this new 5 Questions Series as a way to hear from a few of the voices that make Greenville a great place. We will also be using this space to help people easily support our local organizations these people represent.

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