In the fall of 2016, Michael and Abby opened Ardour Hospitality in order to fulfill their dreams of creating and developing exciting and memorable hospitality experiences. Currently, Ardour Hospitality offers chef-driven catering and special events. In addition, Ardour is collaborating on Hospitality projects in the LA area.
Chef Michael Hung began his culinary career in New York City, where he dropped out of culinary school to do extended stages at acclaimed restaurants Daniel and Aquavit. Michael then followed his heart to San Francisco in 2005 and joined Traci Des Jardins’s James Beard Award-winning team at Jardiniere. His career continued for nearly a decade in San Francisco, culminating with his appointment as Chef de Cuisine at Roland Passot’s Michelin-starred La Folie.
In late-2013, Michael left San Francisco for Los Angeles to open Faith & Flower, where under his leadership the restaurant was honored Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Travel + Leisure Magazine. In 2015, he opened Viviane in the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, earning a superlative review from LA Times’s Jonathan Gold, garnering Best Hotel Restaurant by LA Weekly Magazine, and was recognized by SF Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer as one of LA’s best restaurants.
In addition to his work in the kitchen, Michael was fortunate to consult on the Academy Award winning film, Ratatouille, where he earned a credit as Menu Chef and was listed alongside culinary greats as Thomas Keller and Guy Savoy. In 2013, Michael graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in from the University of San Francisco graduate writing program. His essays have appeared in the SF Chronicle’s Voices blog, CNN.com, and Vice.com.
Abby Gavino’s journey with food began when she was a child at the table of her grandmother, an accomplished cook and cookbook writer from Jalisco. In addition to eating and learning about classic Mexican food from her grandmother, Abby assisted her mother catering banquets for their church in Montebello, California as well as worked in her father’s produce market in Downtown Los Angeles. Before finishing high school, she was managing one of her father’s retail markets. These childhood experiences showed Abby how good food and hard work could create a sense of community.
Abby exchanged her food-oriented upbringing for college and earned a BA in Interior Design from Interior Designers Institute. For the next decade and a half, Abby focused on related creative fields in various design and marketing roles, starting at HBA Hirsch Bedner and eventually heading State Crane, a $6 million construction service company, as general manager.
In the winter of 2015, Abby’s passion for food was rekindled. Over the next year she took part in the Los Angeles hospitality industry, curating mixers in the LGBT community, working popular food events such as LA Times The Taste, and managing corporate events through Red Carpet Events.
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2016 LA Weekly Best Hotel Restaurant for Viviane
2015 LAist Best New Restaurant for Viviane
2014 Nominee for Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef
2014 Esquire Magazine Best New Restaurant for Faith & Flower
2014 LA Magazine Best New Restaurant for Faith & Flower
2014 Travel + Leisure Magazine Best New Restaurant for Faith & Flower
2014 Thrillist National Best New Restaurant for Faith & Flower
2014 LAist Best New Restaurant for Faith & Flower