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Similar to Napa Rose, Jordan has received praise for his efforts and accomplishments. The California Restaurant Writers Association (CRWA), a journalist organization, named Jordan “2001 and 2002 Sommelier of the Year,” the Southern California Restaurant Writers (SCRW) also voted him “2002 Sommelier of the Year.” The STARWINE International Wine Competition Board named Michael “Wine Educator of the Year 2003” and in 2005 Orange Coast Magazine named Michael “General Manager of the Year 2006” and also voted him “Restaurant Professional of the Year 2005.” Additionally, in 2008 the Southern California Restaurant Writers (SCRW) voted him “2008 General Manager of the Year” and the Whitefish Food & Wine Summit honored Jordan as “Sommelier of the Year 2008”
Passionate about wine education, he is a regular ‘radio sommelier’ on KABC Talk Radio, KFWB and KLSX FM all in Los Angeles and Jordan is the creator and Host of his own radio show with Mike Horn called What’s Cookin’ on Wine - heard on the Cable Radio Network (CRN) and many AM radio markets across US including New York, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit and Chicago including KSPA 1510 AM in greater Los Angeles area.
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 /owner of Bella Teresa restaurant in Corona del Mar; and general manager of the Five Diamond award-winning Pavilion Restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. He was also the general manager of Spencer’s restaurant in Pasadena. 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 35 years of experience in the restaurant and beverage industry.