The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California — Hollywood Announces New Chef Director

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California, Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, announced Mauro D. Rossi as its new Culinary Arts Academic Director.

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Chef Rossi will oversee and manage the educational programs in Culinary Arts and Culinary Management and is responsible for maintaining academic and professional standards.  He has served as an instructor at the campus for two years.

Chef Rossi is from Italy and started his culinary career as a teenager working in small pizza parlors during summer seasons at sea resorts in Friuli, Italy.  He has worked all over the world including in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Sweden.  He made his way to the United States and worked in New York City and Los Angeles for Michel Richard at Citrus. While at Citrus, he was asked to open the Japanese branch of the restaurant in Tokyo. In 2000, Chef Rossi went to work for the Patina Group as executive chef for Café Pinot and Pinot Hollywood.

“Chef Rossi’s culinary talents and international experiences are a great asset to the school,” said President AJ Antun. “Now in his new role, he will be able to have a greater impact on our students bringing his knowledge and insights into our curriculum and to our instructors.”

Chef Rossi is a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Certified Culinary Evaluator, Certified Culinary Administrator, and Approved Certification Evaluator from the American Culinary Federation. 

The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of over 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions of The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. 

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