Tyler Malek Instagram Tyler is the Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream innovator for the Portland-based Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Since it's founding in 2011, Malek and his cousin, Kim Malek, Salt & Straw's CEO, have built Salt & Straw from a humble ice cream cart into a fast-growing company with 27 locations across the West Coast.Since opening, Tyler has created more than 1,000 flavors and spends most of his time working with his R&D Department in Portland, which designs future flavors and hunts for new stories to express through ice cream. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.