THE START OF SOMETHING DELICIOUS
GORGE Co-owners and Chefs, Elia Aboumrad and Uyen Nguyen, met 10 years ago in Paris as eager students yearning to fulfill a passion for food and cooking. They spent their days at the prominent Ecole Lenôtre, inspired by a faculty of mostly MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) and World Champion chefs who instilled in them a profound respect for ingredients, technique and discipline.
After earning the ‘Grand Diplome’, Elia went on to work under Joel Robuchon in Paris. After years of relentless training and service, she became his first female Sous Chef. She then moved to Las Vegas to open his restaurants at the MGM Grand Hotel. Later, she was recruited as Executive Chef of The Café at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. The Hotel garnered their fourth AAA Diamond under her realm. Elia was a finalist on the second season of the Emmy Award winning series, “Top Chef”. In 2009, she was awarded the internationally recognized ‘Universal Excellency Award’ for her achievements in culinary arts.
Uyen graduated university and tried her hands at corporate America only to find it left her unsatisfied. She made the bold decision to leave for Paris to pursue pastry, a long-time hobby that turned into a passion. After working in illustrious kitchens such as Le Cirque and Fleur de Lys, she was offered a position as Executive Pastry Chef for Tom Colicchio’s CraftSteak in Las Vegas. Eventually, she was recruited by Three Star Michelin Chef Guy Savoy to open his first American location at Caesar’s Palace. This also marked the first time Savoy recruited a female Executive Pastry Chef. She was named Las Vegas’ Rising Star Chef in 2008 by StarChefs.com, the largest online industry magazine, for her work at Guy Savoy.
THE DREAM REALIZED
After years of pursuing their passion and perfecting their techniques, Elia and Uyen proudly present GORGE. Its namesake comes from the old war expression, “A la gorge!”, once screamed by French soldiers running into battle. It literally means, “To the throat!”. It was adopted by militant kitchen brigades preparing to give themselves to service.
GORGE opened its doors in September 2012 and greets Los Angeles’ growing appetite head on.