Cuisine and Nutrition
HDH Executive Chef Vaughn Vargus
Raised in San Diego with an incredible passion for food and cooking, Executive Chef Vargus is certified through the American Culinary Federation holding criteria as a Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA) and Certified Executive Chef (CEC).
What brings you joy as a Chef? Helping people become more comfortable and knowledgeable about cooking and food, ingredients and flavors. It is awesome to teach the art and science of food to demonstrate what makes a dish work.
What is your favorite past time? Cooking, even though it is my job. My other passions are outdoor—surfing, mountain biking, and outrigger canoe paddling to list a few. If I wasn’t active I would need a large MuuMuu for a chef coat!
What is one piece of advice for college students? Try it. Always try a new flavor or food whenever you can. When cooking, expect that not all of your food will taste good but learning why is going to set you free.
Name your favorite question asked by a student. “Are you hiring?”
What are your thoughts on vegan and vegetarianism? I like that the options in this category is becoming more exciting and more creative. There is a huge lack of understanding as to the reasons, definitions, and elements associated with that lifestyle choice—the dining opportunities can be amazing.
Name your most guilty-pleasure meal off campus. There are many! 50% Ground beef 50% ground bacon burgers, rich and stinky cheese quesadillas, chocolate in most any form……… life is too short.
Favorite thing about UC San Diego? The students, the weather, the campus. I laugh at something every day and simply enjoy being here.