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Forking Amazing Restaurants Hires Michael Bump as Executive Pastry Chef

MichaelBump-HeadshotForking Amazing Restaurants, a Jacksonville-based restaurant group comprising Ovinté, Bistro Aix and Il Desco, has hired Michael Bump as its first Executive Pastry Chef.

Bump now oversees the pastry program for each restaurant in the group’s portfolio. His responsibilities include menu development, management of other pastry chefs and dessert catering.

Matt Mannick, President of Forking Amazing Restaurants, noted Bump’s creativity and precision as two of his most impressive qualities.

“As a restaurant group, we pride ourselves on the quality of our concepts, customer service and cuisine. Michael will elevate all three,” said Mannick. “Michael’s curiosity for creative flavor combinations and commitment to mastering new techniques is evident in his work. We look forward to introducing him to our guests and launching his new dessert menus later this summer.”

Bump is a graduate of the Western Culinary Institute (now the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts) in Portland, Ore. He has more than 15 years of pastry chef experience, including two years working directly with James Beard Award-winning chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold at 40 Sardines in Leawood, Kan., and one year as the pastry chef at Michael Smith’s eponymous restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. Most recently, Bump spent eight years as the pastry chef at Restaurant Orsay.


About Forking Amazing Restaurants:

Forking Amazing Restaurants is an independent restaurant group based in Jacksonville, Florida, which comprises Ovinté, Bistro Aix, Il Desco, and the Cowford Chophouse (currently under construction). To learn more about the FAR group, visit

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