Jordie McTavish: Assistant To An Empire

Mark and Jordie at Chef's Challenge

Mark McEwan’s Executive Assistant, Jordie McTavish eats like a 17-year old boy.

“This job has made me a pro at digesting fast food. It pains Mark to hear it.”  

While their palettes may differ, Mark chose Jordie as his right-hand woman for reasons more important than what she eats for dinner. With a degree in HR and 10 years of serving experience, Jordie began as a hostess at One Restaurant. She eventually moved up the ranks to the events department, where she was put in charge of planning large-scale functions for the rapidly expanding McEwan brand.

“My OCD for planning and organizing finally paid off. The managers put my name forward as the person that could help Mark keep everything straight. He asked me how I felt about the ‘9-5 world’: I said I wasn’t well acquainted with 9 am but would give it a whirl. And the rest is history!”

Since then, the ‘9-5 world’ has served Jordie more than a full plate. In addition to organizing Mark’s schedule, she also acts as HR, PR, and Marketing for the Top Chef mogul. The two meet every morning to discuss necessary correspondence, devise solutions to any issues, brainstorm new ideas, work on menus and go over numbers.

“The amount of numbers, figures, and day-to-day operations Mark is involved in is amazing to me. Anything that needs to get to him comes through me – so as you can imagine, my job changes by the minute.”

Jordie may not be a whiz in the kitchen herself, but over the years she’s developed a deep appreciation for what it takes to pull a dish together – from the ingredients to the process to the talent (perhaps why she fell in love with a chef at Fabbrica). And while she’s constantly inspired by the food industry, she’s not always jazzed about “foodies”.

“I actually despise the “f” word. Everyone can have their own opinion, but taste buds are as different as people. I don’t know another industry that opens itself up to self-appointed “professional critics” the way restaurants do. Enjoy your meal and surround yourself with great company and that should be all that matters.”

Jordie is originally from Burlington, Ontario and graduated from Sheridan College in 2007. She was greeting patrons at the door of One Restaurant the first day it opened.