John Zamora is the Chef Manager at University Towers Kitchen (UTK).
Born and raised in San Diego, John has spent the entirety of his 20-plus year culinary career in America’s Finest City. Prior to arriving at Aztec Shops in 2013, John was the chef for the top sushi bar in San Diego and even opened a couple of his own restaurants.
John was inspired by gourmet cooking early on. By age six, he was glued to PBS and learning from culinary masters like Julia Child and Marcel Desaulniers. To this day, John pays respect to those who influenced him with his creative and innovative menu selection. Specializing in Pacific Rim Cuisine, John’s vision is to bring the best of the outside culinary world to SDSU. His focus is on farm-to-fork sustainable cooking and harmonizing a diverse collection of ingredients to the delight of UTK’s guests. “If you don’t have to use salt and pepper,” John says, “I did my job.”