Director of Beverage, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
The award-winning beverage program at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) is attributed to the vision of the Director of Beverage & Operating Partner, Ryan Valentine. A 25-year veteran of the restaurant industry and a 18-year CMR associate, Ryan has worked almost every restaurant job, with the exception of executive chef. His knowledge of the industry coupled with his passion for wine and spirits have given him much credibility and he is interviewed frequently by national industry publications. His travels in pursuit of wine and spirits education have taken him to California, Oregon, Washington, Spain, Scotland, France and Italy. He is credited with establishing the company's fresh beverage foundation and he continues to seek opportunities to elevate the wine and spirits programs at all seven CMR concepts and The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern. Ryan’s time is split between working the supply and wholesale channels to decide on offerings and pricing for the markets in which CMR conducts business and developing the content of all wine lists and cocktail menus for each of their 31 restaurants. In his spare time, Ryan is an avid golfer, and he enjoys traveling with his wife, Laura, and their two young daughters.
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