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Michael Jordan named VP of food, beverage at THE RANCH in Anaheim

The restaurateur formerly served as president of The Beachcomber Restaurant Group.

By Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 25, 2011 02:58 PM

Michael Jordan, known by many in the local restaurant industry, has been named the vice president of food and beverage for THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, an Anaheim-based eatery and country music entertainment venue that's slated to open in the fall.

Jordan’s reputation, both at home and abroad, has been built on years working in some of Orange County's best-known dining establishments. He most recently served as president of The Beachcomber Restaurant Group. He also formerly held the post of global manager of wine sales and wine education for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and he was general manager of Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Other establishments include Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and Pavilion at Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach, when it was awarded AAA’s Five Diamond Award.

In addition to his Master Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Jordan holds a Certified Wine Educator diploma from the Society of Wine Educators. He is one of only 15 sommeliers in the world to hold both degrees. Jordan has taught comprehensive courses on wine and beverages to hundreds of students and will provide the certification for all Ranch staff. THE RANCH will also become a Southern California food and wine educational center, with classes and exams offered for guests and industry professionals.

Jordan is looking forward to this opportunity.

"I have traded my surfboard for cowboy boots and my guitar; I am excited about being a part of creating a new restaurant and a fun new venue for live country music in Orange County," Jordan said.

The man behind THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon is Andrew Edwards, founder and owner of Extron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of professional audio-visual system integration products. Hailing from North Carolina, Edwards’ deep passion for country music, dancing the two-step, enjoying fine wine and Southern hospitality roots inspired him to venture into the restaurant and entertainment industry. Edwards tapped Jordan to assist in developing THE RANCH’s food and beverage concept.

"Bringing Michael aboard with his experience and background in restaurants and his little-known passion for music has been instrumental while navigating this new business venture," Edwards said.

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