Chef Tiago Battastini came to the US from Porto Alegre, Brazil, in the early 2000s. He started as a line cook in New Jersey at a fast-food restaurant, not knowing that this would lead to a lifetime career.
Moving to California, Tiago continued working in various upscale restaurants and casinos, learning all aspects of the kitchen.
He earned several certifications, including a culinary degree from Grossmont College and is an ACF-certified Chef de cuisine. The Chef's Celebration Foundation nominated him as a San Diego Rising Star Chef in 2012.
Tiago worked as a Sous Chef, Chef de cuisine, and Executive Sous Chef before accepting the Executive Chef position at SDSU Dining. Chef Tiago oversees the restaurants’ day-to-day operations, is closely involved with providing personalized food options for students with unique dietary needs, and leads food-oriented outdoor workshops for students, faculty, and staff.
Tiago is married with three kids and enjoys outdoor activities with his family, including barbecuing on the weekends!