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Malabar American Cooking

07/31/2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Olivia Newton John are just two of the many celebrities who have enjoyed Chef Stephen Sims cooking while in his native home of Australia during his time as a chef at a five-star international hotel restaurant. He also had a brief stint as executive chef at a steak and seafood restaurant in Japan. He has been cooking since he was 15 years old and draws inspiration from Asian and European techniques, using the fusion of flavors.

He explains that a lot of time and research went into developing the diverse menu at Malabar. “There’s no reason why you can’t eat burgers and pizzas in a nice restaurant, even if your partner wants to order ahi tuna or a fillet of beef. We pay a lot of attention to spice and seasoning. The steaks are done on grills over an open fire pit. Our restaurants are all scratch kitchens. We make everything in house. We offer simple and delicious food, prepared and presented well.”

When asked how he stays so trim when constantly surrounded by such delicious food, he replied with a smile, “Big shirts. Big shirts.”

In addition to having wonderful food in a comfortable atmosphere, every Saturday night Malabar entertains with jazz and R&B on the patio.

For a taste of Malabar at home, try these delicious recipes: BBQ Spice Rubbed Pork Chop with Peach and Ginger Chutney and Watermelon and Baby Arugula Salad...

For Chef Sims' recipes for BBQ Spice Rubbed Pork Chops, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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