Meet Our Chefs - The masterminds behind SDSU's culinary delights

Josh McGinnis - Executive Sous Chef

Chef Josh

Chef Josh McGinnis’ passion for food was clearly evident from a young age. He went on to apprentice under acclaimed chefs Charlie Trotter and Mathias Merges, as well as cooking for chef/teacher Julia Child and one of the founders of punk rock, Johnny Rotten.

In his search for culinary enlightenment, Chef McGinnis traveled throughout Europe cooking and eating everything in sight, spending time in the kitchens of il Ciocco in Tivoli, outside of Rome. After running the kitchens of San Diego restaurants Kensington Grill, MiXX, Dobson’s, Ole Madrid and Prego and being named “One of San Diego’s most talented Chefs”, the multi-award winning Chef now finds himself in charge of the SDSU Catering kitchen.

Miguel Mejia - Chef Manager

Chef Miguel

Miguel Mejia is the UTK Chef Manager. A 26-year food industry veteran, Miguel previously worked as a chef at the San Diego Country Club before arriving at Aztec Shops.

Chef Miguel comes from a culinary family. His mother owned her own restaurant in Tijuana and his uncle who brought him into the business is also a chef.

Continuing to create a better customer experience through culinary excellence and growing Faculty-Staff Club's harvest-to-table program is just part of Chef Miguel's vision. "I love making friendships through cooking," Chef Miguel says. "I hope to be doing that here for a long time to come."

Jessica Wylie - Senior Pastry Chef

Chef Jessica

Jessica Wylie is the Executive Pastry Chef of the SDSU Dining Bakeshop. Trained in the classical style by an Austrian Master Pastry Chef, Jessica started with SDSU Dining in 1997 as a scratch baker and quickly transformed the bakeshop with her innovative pastry recipes.

Jessica says the highlight of her job is student satisfaction. “I like to make people happy,” she says. “Hearing from someone that they really enjoyed our latest croissant? That’s all I need.”

A San Diego native, Jessica has been involved in the local culinary scene for over 25 years. Using all natural ingredients and classical methods, Jessica is committed to bringing the best quality products to SDSU.