History

Lumière

History

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Lumière opened its doors in February 1999, and quickly became one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. For the past 17 years, Lumière has provided the Newton area with consistently excellent food and drink, in a friendly and comfortable environment.

In the vanguard of the Sustainable Food movement, the founder of Lumière, and multiple award-winning Chef Michael Leviton, built his menus and business around a strongly defined ethic: work with great products that were raised and harvested locally, and foster strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with their local producers–a model we carry with us today into the next generation of Lumière.

Today, Chef/Owner Jordan Bailey strives to keep the beliefs, techniques, and standards that Lumière was founded on alive and well, while bringing his own unique, and updated, ideas to the experience.

Before becoming the Chef/Owner of Lumière, Jordan was hired at the restaurant as a garde-manger cook in 2011, after spending a year also working for Michael Leviton operating the wood-fired oven at Area Four in Cambridge. Jordan’s career started as a dishwasher in Charleston, S.C. at the age of 17. Working his way up the line, he developed a passion for the pace of kitchen life, working two jobs for six years in order to learn as much as he could. Starting from the bottom, Jordan has an appreciation for every job in the kitchen, and believes in teamwork, rather than individual ability. His tenures at Tosca Ristorante in Hingham, Market by Jean-Georges in Boston, Bistrot Loubet in London, and, most importantly, Lumière itself, have given him a wide-array of skills and perspectives on the culinary world, and he looks forward to putting them all to good use on each plate that comes out of the kitchen.