Meet the Chefs

Eric Ernest

Executive Chef


Favorite Ingredient:

Holy Basil

 

Current Food Trend:

Urban Farming

Omar Salazar Alcantar

University Village


Favorite Ingredient:

Butter

 

Current Food Trend:

Plant Based Foods

Rui Barcelos

Town and Gown


Favorite Ingredient:

Parsnip

 

Current Food Trend:

Modern take on Traditional Dishes

James Colson

HSC Catering


Favorite Ingredient:

Meyer Lemon, Finger Limes

 

Current Food Trend:

In-house Pickling

Adrian Hoschet

University Club


Favorite Ingredient:

Seafood

 

Current Food Trend:

Sustainable Classical French Cooking

Gary Johnson

Town and Gown


Favorite Ingredient:

Pork Belly

 

Current Food Trend:

Mediterranean

Nathan Martinez

Everybody’s Kitchen


Favorite Ingredient:

Bacon

 

Current Food Trend:

House-Made Condiments

Mireya Medina

Moreton Fig


Favorite Ingredient:

Chocolate

 

Current Food Trend:

Tacos

Edward Rodriguez

Seeds Marketplace


Favorite Ingredient:

Ginger

 

Current Food Trend:

Plant Based Bowls

Keith Shutta

McKay’s


Favorite Ingredient:

Dried Chili, Sesame Seeds, Furikake

 

Current Food Trend:

Sous Vide

Aranzazu Suffy

McKay’s


Favorite Ingredient:

Butter

 

Current Food Trend:

Slow Cooking

Rajeendra Wanniarachchige

Parkside


Favorite Ingredient:

Authentic

 

Current Food Trend:

Global Flavors


Executive Staff

List of Hospitality executives
Name Title Department Executive Bio
Kris Klinger Assistant Vice President, USC Hospitality and USC Hotel Auxiliary Services View Bio
Dirk De Jong Executive Director USC Hospitality & USC Hotel View Bio
Eric Ernest Executive Chef USC Hospitality View Bio
Gary Marschall Senior Associate Director Retail Operations View Bio
Scott Rieth Senior Associate Director Restaurants, Catering and Special Events View Bio
Adil Isakovic Associate Director Restaurants and Catering View Bio
Erik S. Russell Associate Director Residential Dining View Bio