Eric Ernest is the Executive Chef of USC Hospitality, reporting to Assistant Vice President of Retail Operations, Kris Klinger.
In partnership with Hospitality leadership, Eric works with the campus chefs to ensure execution of our culinary vision. Eric works with our hospitality staff to create training programs and culinary mentorship for Hospitality and surrounding departments.
Coming from a large family full of cooks, Chef Eric sees the importance of nostalgia and aroma in cooking. Chef Eric sights amazing California produce, local products & solid culinary fundamentals as the secret to our success.
Prior to USC, Chef held positions as Executive Chef for SBE, the Royale Group, Innovative Dining Group & the world renouned Citrine in Hollywood, CA. He also worked under the tutelage of Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter, and Yoshi Kojima. Chef reopened the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the SLS Hotel & revamped the ever popular Gladstones in Malibu.
Eric is an avid scuba diver, does Bikram yoga & enjoys deep sea photography. Eric’s hero is Julia Childs and his constant positive attitude has helped him man the stoves at some of the West Coasts most prominent institutions.
Eric has a degree in Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, is involved continuing education at the Culinary Institute of America and is a recent CEIP graduate from the CIA. Chef also has several gold medals awarded by the American Culinary Federation.