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Spencer Torkelson Girlfriend Makenna Mattei Loves Cooking Up A Feast

By Sriyukta Pradhananga / February 3, 2023 09:58 AM

Spencer shares a photo of him and Makenna at a dinner date on his Instagram handle on the occasion of her birthday on May 8, 2022
Spencer shares a photo of him and Makenna at a dinner date on his Instagram handle on the occasion of her birthday on May 8, 2022( Source : instagram )

Spencer Torkelson girlfriend Makenna Mattei is a former multisport athlete. Spencer has known Makenna since their school days.

The 23-year-olds first met at Casa Grande and as kids had a crush on each other. And since then, the couple has been in a romantic relationship for the past 11 years. 

Makenna, like her boyfriend, was an athlete at Casa Grande but opted not to follow the same route after enrolling at UC Santa Barbara and graduating with a degree in political science. 

Spencer chose to join Arizona State University, became a top prospect and was drafted as the no.1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 2020 MLB Draft. Many expected him to set the stage alight in 2022, but it ended in major disappointment. And now, in 2023, he needs to prove that all the hype meant something. 


Spencer Torkelson Girlfriend Makenna Mattei Is A Former Volleyball Athlete

Spencer Torkelson girlfriend Makenna Mattei played volleyball at Casa Grande High School.

The longtime partner of Spencer Torkelson certainly knows two or more things about being on road as an athlete. Mattei previously was part of the varsity team of Casa Grande, playing softball and volleyball. 

Makenna played volleyball for six years bringing down the curtains on her athletic career in October 2016. She bid a formal goodbye to the game by sharing a post on her Instagram handle. A few weeks before the post Makenna had starred for her team, as they beat Rancho Cotate 3-0 as he scored eight kills, twelve digs and five aces. 

Makenna Mattei pictured playing softball and volleyball for her team at Casa Grande High School.
Makenna Mattei pictured playing softball and volleyball for her team at Casa Grande High School. ( Source : instagram )

Born on May 9, 1999, Makenna also has an older sister in Haley Mattei and shares a close bond with her parents. Her mother, Jody Mattei, has been previously seen on her social media pages, and so has her father.

After graduating from Casa Grande High School, Makenna enrolled at UC Santa Barbara, majoring in political science and was part of the Alpha Phi sorority. Before graduating, Makenna worked as an accounting intern at Torkelson & Associates, the audit firm of her boyfriend's parents.

Makenna Mattei pictured celebrating Christmas with her family in 2020
Makenna Mattei pictured celebrating Christmas with her family in 2020 ( Source : instagram )

Mattei found her passion in copywriting and even worked in the UC Davis Extension Strategy of Content Marketing Programme. She graduated from Santa Barbara in 2021 and has dived into the culinary world.

Makenna Mattei And Her Love For Cooking

After she graduated from Santa Barbara in 2021, Makenna hasn't given many details of where she has headed in her professional life. But one thing she has made clear is her love for cooking.

The 23-year-old has a separate Instagram handle with the username @kennalovestocook, which she started in March 2022 and continues to update the page with fresh and healthy recipes. 

From savoury dishes to birthday cakes, there isn't a single dish that Makenna cannot prepare. For most dishes, Makenna shares the recipes in the caption and only a few days back, she created an original recipe for Herb Baked Chicken Thighs.

Spencer Torkelson can certainly forget about ordering from Uber Eats when he has a cook like Makenna at home. Makenna is also available on TikTok with the username  @kennalovestocook, which she recently opened and was probably her New Year's resolution to start posting more on the site that has everyone in its control. 

Spencer Torkelson And Makenna Mattei Relationship Timeline

Spencer Torkelson and Makenna Mattei began dating in 2011. They have been together since sixth grade.

And it has stood the test of time. Falling in love in sixth grade, graduating together from high school and seeing your partner achieve his lifelong dreams while you two maintain a strong bond sounds too good to be true. 

But Spencer and Makenna have made love last. One of the first photos of the pair dates back to June 28, 2013, with Spencer in his buzz cut and Makenna looking as pretty as ever. She captioned the post saying it has been the best two years of her life and clarified in the comment section by writing "yet".

A young Spencer Torkelson seen with his girl Makenna in 2013
A young Spencer Torkelson seen with his girl Makenna in 2013 ( Source : instagram )

And for years, Makenna didn't share much about her romantic life with Spencer. Many might have even thought that they drifted apart. But on May 8, 2019, on Makenna's 20th birthday, Spencer shared a couple of photos giving a sweet tribute to the birthday girl. 

One of the photos was of him and Makenna on their prom night. Since then, the young couple hasn't shied away from showing their love to their followers on social media pages.

In 2019, the couple took a trip to the Bahamas, and maybe it was to tease their friends continued to call each other besties in the captions. It was also the year the two adopted a French bulldog and named it Bubba, who also happens to be an Instagram user.

Spencer and Makenna pictured with their pet French Bulldog Bubba in 2019
Spencer and Makenna pictured with their pet French Bulldog Bubba in 2019 ( Source : instagram )

Dating an athlete meant Makenna was ready for the long travels that came with it. In 2020, she shared a photo of her and Spencer with a picturesque background saying she was ready to fly to Florida to meet her partner if she gets one like in the picture. 

The baseballer celebrated Christmas 2020 with Makenna's family and it's not only Christmas they love celebrating together, Halloween is certainly one of their favorites. For 2020, the couple decided to transform into a nun and a priest outfit. 

In 2022, the couple gave tribute to Steve Irwin, with Spencer dressing up as the Australian conservationist and Makenna as a crocodile. They also adopted a second french bulldog whom they named Coco. 

Makenna pictured alongside Spencer as he makes his MLB debut for Tigers at Comerica Park in 2022.
Makenna pictured alongside Spencer as he makes his MLB debut for Tigers at Comerica Park in 2022. ( Source : instagram )

Makenna, along with Spencer's family, was present at Comerica Park as he made his debut for the Tigers in the MLB against Boston Red Sox in April 2022. It was certainly a proud moment for the baseballer's family and Makenna.

She had been with him since he developed his love for the game and now does it for a living. To welcome the New Year the couple traveled to Mexico and enjoyed their weekend at the luxury hotel, The Cape, A Thompson Hotel. 

With the 2023 MLB season approaching, get ready to see Makenna frequent Comerica Park as Spencer heads into the season with a point to prove. 

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