In January of 2001 Andrew Sutton (ex-Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley) launched Napa Rose with veteran general manager/sommelier, Michael Jordan. (Jordan has since moved on to The Ranch in Anaheim.) It was an instant hit and set the standard for excellence in fine dining in Orange County.
Last January 30th Chef Sutton, and chef colleagues, had the honor of presenting “Salmon Seduction” at The James Beard Foundation in Manhattan. This is a coveted honor for a chef.
Chef Sutton has actually cooked at The Beard House a number of times over the years.
He was joined by Michael Rossi, now the exec at The Ranch. He was previously Andrew’s number two at Napa Rose. Also Michael Jordan was part of the brigade as the sommelier.
Andrew’s dish for that evening was a Wine Country Duo. Red Sumac-seared Skuna Bay Craft Raised Salmon with Pear-Lemongrass Vinaigrette, and Roasted Duck Breast with Duck Bratwurst, fried Chanterelles, and Cara Cara Orange-Accented Cauliflower.
Sutton’s most recent project for Disney is as menu-maker for the new Carthay Circle Restaurant which launched with great fanfare last Summer along with the revamping and expansion at Disney’s California Adventure.