Amanda Gargano, CEC, CCE, M.S.Ed.

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Culinary Instructor Amanda Gargano with flowers and balloons

Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary Arts | Career Technical Education


Phone: (714) 808-4553

Office Hours: Monday 12-3 p.m., Tuesday 12:30–2 p.m. (virtual), Wednesday 2 – 3 p.m.

Location: NOCCCD – Anaheim Campus – First Floor Culinary Arts

About Professor Gargano

I grew up in the restaurant industry in Chicago, and worked and traveled throughout the country and abroad in my culinary adventures. I am passionate about teaching and sharing my love for the industry with our students. I believe that hands-on, collaborative learning positively impacts student success.

Before Cypress College, I worked as an Executive Chef for several years in New York, as well as a Chef Instructor at a vocational high school. Other career highlights include working for the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida and Macy’s Culinary Council in Chicago.

Recommended Courses

HRC 100 Nutrition

HRC 100 explores the relationships between the foods we eat and their impact on the body, including health and weight. This course covers the relationship between diet, health and disease. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and skills to implement positive food choices in your own life to help reach your personal lifestyle goals.

HRC 145 The Art of Garde Manger

HRC 145 combines the honing of core preparation techniques with the application of technical skills to produce a variety of items traditionally created by the “cold kitchen.” Through a combination of classroom and lab activities, you will gain confidence in areas such as knife skills, hors d’ouevres preparation and sausage-making, as well as processes such as tempering and emulsification.


HRC 145 The Art of Garde Manger

This course will focus on the discussion, application and production methods utilized in today’s modern Garde Manger kitchen. Topics will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, cold set mousse, concepts and applications of salt-curing meats fish and principles of smoking.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Completion of HRC 120 and HRC 135

HRC 145 is a hybrid course format designed for the online learning and lab activities to complement each other. You will need knowledge of how to use a computer, browse the web, send and receive emails and use a word processing program. The classroom portion of the course will take place in an online learning environment.

Required textbook: Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen (4th ed) by The Culinary Institute of America

Resource Links


    The American Culinary Federation is a professional organization for chefs and cooks. It offers a variety of resources, including certification requirements, job postings and scholarship opportunities.
    Comprehensive website with career information, current events, industry resource links and student scholarship information.