Chef Michael Pham is an Orange County native, born and raised in Fountain Valley, to parents who immigrated to America to escape the Vietnam War. Cooking was always a huge event in his house, though he was a spectator and not allowed in the kitchen as a child.
His artistic side developed growing up, and eventually he found his way into culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles. He cooked at The Foundry on Melrose, Melisse and Providence, before leaving the country to tour and cook throughout Asia extensively.
When he returned, he went into the test kitchen to explore what it meant to him to grow up in Southern California. Seafood became a passion during this time, which is now on display at Anchor Hitch in Mission Viejo. His dishes pair seafood-heavy, often Asian twists with classic dishes including Lobster Rolls, Tom Yum Agnoletti and Abalone Panna Cotta.