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Chateau Ste. Michelle Hires New Executive Chef

Woodinville, Wash.

Washington’s founding winery Chateau Ste. Michelle is pleased to announce the addition of a new Executive Chef, Michael Jordan. Chef Michael will oversee the winery’s culinary program at its Woodinville winery, outside of Seattle.

Originally from Iowa, Chef Michael gained a wealth of experience after attending the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where he worked with many cuisines in several different regions of the United States.

From American cuisine in the Midwest, to Creole in the New Orleans’ French Quarter with Chef Emeril Lagasse, to fine dining at his very own restaurant, Rosemary’s in Las Vegas, Chef Michael Jordan’s willingness to learn, experiment, and grow is what makes him an exciting addition to Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Other than developing gourmet lunch and dinner menus paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle and Eroica wines, Chef is looking forward to creating new experiences for food-focused guests. “I’d like to see us host intimate food experiences, such as cooking demonstrations and cheese pairings,” says Chef. “I want to instill memories into people. You may not remember what you eat, but you will remember your experience, and how you felt about it.”

Chef Michael takes a thoughtful approach to wine and food pairings – and enjoys the close collaboration with winemakers to help build an inspiring tasting menu. He enjoys the quality of Washington wines, believing the land beautifully expresses its terroir – which ultimately feeds his enthusiasm for establishing the ultimate wine and food destination in the Pacific Northwest.

When asked about his culinary philosophy, Chef Michael said his approach is to “keep your food simple. We’re one of the most agriculturally diverse states, so let your ingredients speak for themselves. Understand where the food comes from, and let nature do a lot of the work for you.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle Upcoming Culinary Offerings Include:

Daily Food Menu
Enjoy a variety of delicious food options prepared by our in-house culinary team daily at Chateau Ste. Michelle from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The rotating menu can be found at No reservations are required.

Brunch Box Experience – Saturdays & Sundays
Everything is better with bubbles! Create your own fresh and fruity mimosas with a selection of 4 of our Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wines and 4 different juices. Enjoy your mimosas with an assortment of delectable brunch goodies prepared by our culinary team. Reservations are required for this 75 minute experience and can be booked at

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Food & Wine Pairing – through October 15
Add a little spice to your life with our latest food & wine pairing experience in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Explore the world of Hispanic-style fare and enjoy an expertly crafted menu of dishes from around the globe. Reservations are required for this 75-minute experience and can be booked at

CRUSH Harvest Festival – October 15
Join us to celebrate harvest with great food prepared by our in-house culinary team, great wine and even grape stomping competitions! The event is all-ages (grape stomping is 21+) and runs from 11:00am – 4:30pm on October 15. Reservations are required to participate in the grape stomping competitions and can be reserved at

Fall Harvest Chef’s Dinner – November 4
Indulge in the comforts of fall on November 4 from 6:30 – 9:00pm with a decadent multi-course dinner prepared by our newly appointed Executive Chef, Michael Jordan. Each course will be expertly paired with wines sourced from Cold Creek Vineyard.

For a complete list of winery events and seasonal experiences, visit

About Chateau Ste. Michelle Chateau Ste. Michelle founded a wine region and we’re not done blazing trails yet. We honor our 55-year legacy of making world-class Washington wine, while taking bold steps to building our future with 2,600 acres of sustainably-farmed estate vineyards, state-of-the art cellar technology and talented, passionate winemaking team led by head winemaker Katie Nelson, with 30-years of Washington winemaking experience. Chateau Ste. Michelle continually strives to delight wine drinkers with an array of wine styles and immersive winery experiences, while staying focused on crafting award-winning, flavorful wines that are the ultimate expressions of Washington state.

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For further information:
Katie Jaeger