St. Tammany Taste Quick Bites: Pyre Restaurant’s Chef Jeff Mattia

Though he’s been on the local restaurant scene since 2010, Chef Jeff Mattia didn’t move to Louisiana until well into his culinary career. At that point, the Marine vet had already worked with some serious luminaries like celebrity chefs Tom Collichio and Todd English. While his career was centered in New Orleans for the first four years, Jeff and his family felt decidedly more at home across the lake in St. Tammany Parish. There, he found the slower pace of life shared much in common with his Hartford, Connecticut birthplace. When the opportunity to open his own Northshore eatery finally presented itself, Jeff was all in, opening Pyre Provisions in Covington in 2020. Based on his pandemic take out success with his barbeque menu, Jeff expanded in 2021 opening Pyre BBQ on the Mandeville Trace. To learn more about Jeff’s restaurants, visit and