For Twenty-Nine Chef and Co-Owner, Jordan Mackey, it’s all about people and their stories. Born and raised in Queens, New York, in an Italian family with a garden that grew only tomatoes and basil, Mackey learned to make fresh tomato sauce at an early age. He started his culinary career shortly thereafter at the age of 14.
With degrees from New England Culinary Institute and The Culinary Institute of America, plus decades of food & beverage management experience from across the country, his resume includes time spent at Restaurant Cuvee in Napa Valley, Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Roy’s in Bonita Springs (which he opened in conjunction with celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi), and, most recently, at Dig Inn in New York City.
Wherever he is, his focus is centered around his team and his guests. “Dining out is a privilege that most people have to work very hard to fit into their budgets, so it needs to be more than just food served away from home,” he said. “We want to offer experiences from beginning to end.”
Mackey enjoys spending his free moments with his wife, Reanna (Co-Owner and Director of Training & Development), and his two children, Aria and Bodhi.