This is Jordan Coelho, from Vancouver, bartender at Bartholomew.
Jordan is originally from a small town in the close suburb of Paris called Clichy Sous Bois. He lived there until he was 21 years old and decided to go travel the world. Six years later, he now lives in Vancouver with his girlfriend and his one-year-old husky called Ragnar.
His path in hospitality started as a side hustle while he was doing a history degree. He needed to make money on the side and got himself a job at a very festive gay nightclub in the area of The Marais in Paris. He worked there for a couple of years before he decided to leave France to go on an adventure in Australia and Asia. When he came back from his trip, he managed to get a job at a fine-dining French Hotel restaurant under executive chef Guy Savoy. There, he learned the rigorous French way of working, the hotel way. He was surrounded by very skilled and talented people that taught him a lot about fine dining service, but also about wines, cocktails, and spirits. Eventually, Jordan decided to travel again and moved to Canada. He first bartended in Toronto and then moved to Vancouver. He now works amongst a very talented team at Bartholomew, one of Vancouver’s best cocktail bars.
Overall, Jordan is an autodidact with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. What started as a side hustle turned out to be his passion. From nightclub to hotel, from fine dining to cocktail bars, Jordan understands hospitality as something that goes way beyond serving food and drinks. For him, it’s all about providing an experience, bringing joy, giving smiles, and performing an act with the only goal of subliming the experience of his guests. His ultimate goal is to bring all of his passion into his own project of owning a bar one day. Wherever it will be, we are sure that his contagious smile and positive energy will brighten up people’s day.
A little bit more about Jordan...
The three words that describe him best: outgoing – rigorous – French
Life motto: YOLO
One cocktail to bring on a desert island: Caipirinha
The book that inspired him most: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stuart
The biggest lesson that working in hospitality taught him: Adaptation. You have to adapt to your guests through your career, to your coworkers to build synergy and rock the floor, to your ice machine breaking in the middle of service and finding a quick and efficient solution and more. You have to adapt all the time.