Executive Chef & Owner, Lumière
At just 12 years old, Jordan Bailey’s fascination with the culinary industry was sparked by seasonal trips to France visiting his grandmother, where he drew inspiration from the slew of European-style dishes she prepared in her kitchen. Back at home in Massachusetts, Bailey gained experience cooking often with his mother for the charity, Meals-on-Wheels. It was at age 18 that he landed his first official restaurant job in Charleston, South Carolina.
Venturing back north a few years later, Bailey settled in Boston and joined the team at the acclaimed Tosca, followed by a stint at Market by Jean-Georges where he learned about the marriage of flavor and technique. But it was under the mentorship of Chef Michael Leviton at Area Four, where Bailey’s culinary aspirations flourished. Starting with a modest role at the salad station, he worked his way up the ranks to ultimately become a skilled chef on the line.
In 2013, Bailey made the transition to Leviton’s celebrated neighborhood bistro, Lumière, in West Newton. Once again, Bailey started at the salad station. After spending years working by Leviton’s side, Bailey absorbed both his philosophy of putting an emphasis on fresh ingredients and focus on simplicity and consistency. Bailey eventually climbed the ladder to become Leviton’s Sous Chef, and in 2016, he took over as Executive Chef and Owner of Lumière.
In two short years under Bailey’s ownership, Lumière has evolved from a fine dining destination known for special occasions to a welcoming neighborhood restaurant, offering thoughtful takes on classic comfort food, seven days a week. From local art shows to wine dinners, a casual meal on a Monday night, or an intimate date night, Bailey provides guests an easy, laid back experience in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Today, Bailey’s distinct culinary style, vast dedication, consistency and passion support the growth and evolution of Lumière. When Bailey finds time to escape the demanding hours of being a Chef/Owner, he spends time with his son, Luka.