John has always loved food and art. Combining
the two was as natural to him as nature. He grew up in a traditional Italian family with his mother always cooking. His
father and his Grandfather owned and operated Gargones Italian Bakery for many years in the Pocono
Mountians, Pennsylvania. John noticed at a very early age the smiles and excitement of the patrons. Even before they entered people would
stand in front of the plate glass window of the bakery and just be delighted at the beautifully presented deserts.
John was always drawing or sculpting and
loved to create art then one day he read an article in the local paper a Chef was quoted as saying that people eat with their
eyes. Immediately John contacted the Chef at Fred Warings Shawnee Inn and took a position as a steward in hopes of learning
the culinary arts.
Since 1972 John Gargone has strived to
learn all he could in the culinary field. Beginning at Fred Waring,s Shawnee Inn, located in the Pocono Mountains
Pa. John was mentored by 2 outstanding Swiss and German C.E.C. Chefs. After learning all he could, John began to seek out other
quality Chefs throughout the U.S.A. Since then John has been employed in Atlantic
City and Las Vegas Hotels,
New Orleans and Lake Michigan’s Private Clubs, and Resorts, Scottsdale Arizona, Carmel Valley, La Quinta, and Palm Springs in California in specialty restaurants, Country Clubs and Hotels, where he orchestrated or was involved in many grand openings and
extravaganzas. The positions John has held include Executive Chef, Exhibition Chef, Chef Garde Manger, Ice Carver, Resident Chef/Artist,
Banquet Chef, Meat Cutter, Saucier and line cook.
John has always enjoyed teaching and sharing
his knowledge with other food service personal and they in turn would share their culinary secrets with him.