The Chula Vista native, who grew up in nearby Menifee and graduated from the Art Institute of San Bernardino, is establishing himself as one of the region’s up-and-coming new chefs. Garcia has carved a niche as a seafood expert, with his specials at every stop being among the top-selling dishes at every establishment. That, along with his natural leadership skills in working with younger cooks, is what earned him the top spot at Pechanga’s upscale Italian restaurant.
Garcia moved over from the Lobby Bar & Grill, where he served as the chief lieutenant to Chef Jose Mendoza in opening the California cuisine restaurant in December 2017. Before that, Garcia spent 2 ½ years as the sous chef at Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar and as a line cook at Kelsey’s.
Pechanga Resort Casino recently promoted Jordan Garcia to Head Chef of Paisano’s.