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ABOUT CORY MARTIN EVENTS:
Cory Martin Events is a globally influenced events company featuring expert event and production services, signature edibles – created in-house by our Executive Chef, Kevin Jerrold-Jones, and his team of award winning chefs – visionary design, personalized décor, and highly trained model staff. Combining cosmopolitan sophistication and style with a timeless sense of service and refinement, Cory Martin Events offers the ultimate in event design, cuisine, and management, insuring that the experience of both the host and guests goes beyond their expectations.
ABOUT EXECUTIVE CHEF KEVIN JERROLD-JONES:
Mr. Kevin Jerrold-Jones, Executive Chef of Cory Martin Events, is setting a new standard for the ultimate in culinary and event collaboration. Kevin creates his decadent and unique menus according to the season, infusing each dish with the freshest ingredients and cutting edge gastronomic techniques to create exciting culinary experiences that will tantalize even the most discerning palate.
Being born and raised in Southern California, his first culinary experiments took place in the kitchen with his mother, where she showed him how to fuse different culinary styles and vibrant ingredients into fun dishes that they would share with the family. His most recent venture was as the Executive Chef at Orange County’s Tabu Grill, where he landed the restaurant a Zagat rating of 29 two years in a row. Today, Chef Kevin Jerrold-Jones continues to push the envelope, creating new flavors and cooking styles that invite guests to experience food in a whole new way.
ABOUT MASTER SOMMELIER – Michael Jordan:
Veteran restaurateur Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE is currently Vice President of Food & Beverage for The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, a recently opened Anaheim California based wine destination restaurant and live country music entertainment complex. Before joining The Ranch team Jordan was President of the Beachcomber Restaurant Group, featuring restaurants themed to the California beach scene situated in spectacular locations. Prior to his work at Beachcomber Jordan served as Global Manager of Wine Sales and Standards (and Wine Educator) for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts® Worldwide. This role included responsibility for all wine sales and programs along with creating the wine education for all the Disney properties internationally as well as Disney Cruise Lines and ESPN Zones. Jordan was also responsible for pre-opening and all operations as general manager of the world famous Napa Rose Restaurant.
One of only 15 people in the world to posses both the Master Sommelier Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Certified Wine Educator Diploma from the Society of Wine Educators, Jordan and wife Teresa have been making their own world class wine under the brand names WORD VINEYARDS® and ŌLELO Wines®. WORD and ŌLELO are small production, high quality, hand crafted artisan wines made from some of the finest fruit grown in California and other regions of the world.
Passionate about wine education, he is the On Air Host and “Sommelier for the People” on his own nationally syndicated radio talk show with Mike Horn called What’s Cookin’ with Wine – heard on many AM radio markets across US including New York, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit and Chicago including KSPA 1510 AM in greater Los Angeles area and CRN Digital Talk Internet radio. Jordan is also a regular ‘radio sommelier’ on KABC Talk Radio, KFWB and KLSX FM in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Disney, Jordan opened the award-winning Pinot Provence restaurant in Costa Mesa where he was the general manager. Jordan was the chef /co-owner of Bella Teresa restaurant in Corona del Mar with wife Teresa; and general manager of the Five Diamond award-winning Pavilion Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. In his younger years, he followed in his celebrity restaurateur father Matteo’s footsteps and was chef at his family’s Italian restaurants, and later general manager & “maitre d’ to the stars” at Matteo’s in California and Hawaii. In all, he has more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industry.
Over the years Jordan has received praise for his efforts and accomplishments in the food and beverage industry. The following are some of Jordan’s achievements:
• California Restaurant Writers – “Sommelier of the Year for both 2001 & 2002″
• Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2003 Sommelier of the Year”
• Restaurant Business’ – “50 Top General Managers 2004″
• Orange Coast Magazine – “2005 General Manager of the Year”
• Starwine’s – “2005 Wine Educator of the Year”
• Orange Coast Magazine – “2006 Restaurant Professional of the Year”
• Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2008 General Manager of the Year”
• Whitefish International Wine & Food Summit – “2008 Sommelier of the Year”
• Southern California Restaurant Writers – “2011 Food & Beverage Director of the Year”
• Chairman , Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits & Olive Oil Competition
• One of only 15 People in world to hold both Master Sommelier and CWE Diplomas
Jordan is multi-certified and has been active in the California Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, Anaheim Conference and Visitors Bureau and the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. Residing in Costa Mesa, he is also active in other civic groups in various cities. Jordan grew up in Hawaii where he excelled in the food service management program at Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Jordan also currently serves on the Advisory Board for UCLA Extension’s Wine Education & Management. The Advisory Board serves as one of the primary mechanisms to keep the program in touch with the community it serves and to offer guidance in its development and evaluation.