PETER LEMOS (Chef/Owner) hails from the high desert, and is a graduate of The California School of Culinary Arts. He has worked in some of the finest kitchens on the California coast, such as SPQR, Étoile, Craft, Bazaar, and L&E Oyster Bar, and even had the pleasure of competing on Food Network's Chopped. In his 10 plus years of experience, he has performed in every kitchen staff position imaginable. His passion for cuisine is immeasurable, there is love in everything that he touches, and he looks forward to welcoming you to Wax Paper.
LAUREN LEMOS (Co-Owner) was born on Honolulu, Hawaii. Being the daughter of a career Naval officer, she has lived all over the world. She holds a BA in Theatre Acting from California State University Fullerton. She's worked in the front of the house at many places in LA such as L&E Oyster Bar, The Ace Hotel DTLA, and Sweet Lady Jane. With Italian roots, hospitality is in her blood. She met Peter working in a restaurant, they fell in love, got married, and here they are.
BENJAMIN CAVAR was born and raised in NYC. He is graduate of Oberlin College as well as The French Culinary Institute of New York. Working in kitchens such as Double Crown, Lulu & Po, and Bar Bolonat, he has a deep love of food. He came to Wax Paper with a feeling of like-mindedness to Peter and Lauren, and it was a match made in Heaven! If there were a contest for the most beautiful and precisely chopped onions; He would win it. We are grateful to have him as a part of the Wax Paper family and team.
MELISSA KANE was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She recently hails from New Haven, CT. She began cooking pastries in her father's restaurant when she was only a teenager, and has since been cooking for almost 20 years in personal and professional kitchens. Melissa has a deep love for story telling through food, and brings so much joy, talent, and love to our team.
MIKEY MENDOZA was born and raised in Eagle Rock, CA. He was (and hopefully still is) a loyal patron of Wax Paper, and when we asked him to come work with us, he responded with 'Whatever you guys need!' He loves rock climbing, music, and Tiki Ti. He does not like ketchup. He is an asset to our small team, and we are thrilled to work beside him! You can find him crushing the register five days a week..."Eeeeyyyy!"
GEORGE UCH was born in Yucatán, Mexico and raised in Inglewood California. He worked for Heirloom LA for eight years, and you can say this has made him a bit of a local industry celeb! His favorite thing to cook and adventure off on is smoking brisket, pork, or anything he can put his hands on. From George, ‘ My favorite aspect of working in a kitchen is I’m always learning.’ A newer member of our family, George has already proven to be an asset to our small team.