Mauro Daniel Rossi is the lead chef-instructor for Culinary Arts at ICE's LA campus.

Mauro Daniel Rossi

Lead Chef, Culinary Arts

“Don’t be a fraud.”


Originally from Milan, Chef Mauro Daniel Rossi began as a chef and eventually co-owner of Topo Gigio Restaurant then Ajo Restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved to Lund, Sweden, to become the executive chef at John Bull Pub before landing in Los Angeles for his last 20 years of culinary experience.

Chef Mauro was the executive chef at Citrus Restaurant for four years, including a year at the Tokyo location, followed by an executive chef position with Patina Group for two years. In 2002, he transitioned into instructing at the California School of Culinary Arts and the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Hollywood over the last 15 years.

In 2019, Chef Mauro joined the Institute of Culinary Education as the lead chef for our Culinary Arts program. He brings decades of experience and acclaim, from restaurant ownership to menu and concept development, financials and management, and ultimately culinary education.


  • M.A. Anthropology, CSU-Northridge
  • B.A. Anthropology, CSU-Northridge

Work History

  • Academic Director, Art Institutes-Hollywood, CA, 2012-2018
  • Chef Instructor, Art Institutes-Hollywood, CA, 2010-2012
  • Department Chair, CSCA (LCB), Pasadena, CA, 2007-2010
  • Chef Instructor, CSCA (LCB), Pasadena, CA, 2004-2009
  • Consultant, Mari e Monti, Los Angeles, 2003-2010
  • Chef Instructor, CSCA (LCB), Pasadena, CA, 2002-2003
  • Executive Chef, Patina Group, Los Angeles, 2000-2002
  • Executive Chef, Citrus Restaurant, Los Angeles, 1997-2000
  • Executive Chef, Citrus Restaurant, Tokyo, 1996-1997
  • Chef, Citrus Restaurant, Los Angeles, 1995-1996
  • Executive Chef, John Bull Pub, Lund, Sweden, 1993-1995
  • Chef-Owner, Ajo Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand, 1991-1993
  • Chef-Owner, Topo Gigio Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand, 1987-1991
  • Chef, Topo Gigio Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand, 1985-1987

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Culinary Federation Certifications: Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Certified Culinary Administrator, Approved Certification Evaluator
  • Certificate, Sushi Chef Institute, Los Angeles, 2008
  • LAUSD and CSUN volunteer

Specialities/Areas of Interest

  • Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian; conversational French and Swedish
  • Restaurant ownership
  • Kitchen planning and design
  • Curriculum development
  • Purchasing

Awards and Accolades

  • ACF Competitor, Gold Medal Winner at the Pacific Region NACUFS Challenge 2017