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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Executive Chef Joseph “Jo-Jo” Doyle Helps Arena’s New Division To Successful Debut 

Anaheim Arena Management’s new food and beverage division served fans of New Kids on The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men last Saturday night, successfully launching the program for its first major concert at the arena. The evening also marked the official public introduction of Chef Joseph “Jo-Jo” Doyle, who serves as the new Executive Chef for the arena’s food and beverage division.

“It was a very exciting and successful night last Saturday and something we look forward to building upon,” said Tim Ryan, CEO of Honda Center. “In addition, it was our guests’ first chance to meet Jo-Jo, who brings an incredible reputation as one of the leading chefs in the industry and a personality that is a true testament to his passion for his craft.”

Bringing with him over 15 years of experience, Chef Doyle is responsible for managing all food and beverage offerings at Honda Center, including the all-new Grand Terrace, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club restaurant and bar, concessions and catering.

“Chef Doyle plays an essential role in our organization’s commitment to providing hospitality and guest service at the highest level,” said Julie Margolin, Honda Center’s Director of Food and Beverage. “Having had the pleasure of working with him previously, I can emphatically state that he is dedicated to putting out the best product possible, and to providing a great experience across all facets.” 

Chef Doyle has managed the culinary aspects of some of the most high-profile entertainment and sporting events in the world.  In his most recent position as Executive Chef at the legendary Churchill Downs, he was responsible for creating all menus throughout the venue for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, which sees average attendances of over 150,000 annually. Chef Doyle also spent time at American Airlines Arena in Miami where he put his own spin on creating new menus and introduced the ‘small plates’ concept at the arena with huge success. Chef Doyle has also led the creative development of menus for a variety of impressive events including the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Ryder Cup, MTV Video Music Awards, NBA Finals, and for such performers as U2, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Honda Center team and am very proud to play a role in kicking off the venue’s innovative new food and beverage program,” said Doyle.  “We hit the ground running with energy and enthusiasm, and will move forward with the same spirit, so that our guests keep coming back for more!”

Chef Doyle’s style has been known to make a statement, often perfecting traditional dishes that balance with innovative twists. Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, Jo-Jo spent summers with family in Mobile, AL and New Orleans, LA. The unique flavors of these regions have had a strong influence in his cooking and he continues to use his own family recipes with southern and Creole flavors, including his Country Succotash, Seafood Creole and Country Stewed Beans.