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Ben Jones, Owner
Ben grew up making traditional Chinese dumplings with his mother and throwing untraditional dinner parties with his father. He moved to New York City in 2002 with the dream of opening a restaurant. Seven years later he did. He also owns Southside Coffee, located across the street from Lot 2, and is Board Chairman of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.
 
Daniel Rojo, Chef/Owner
Daniel Rojo was born and raised in Los Angeles. He attended culinary school in 2004 in order to escape corporate life and pursue what he really cared about: cooking. After stints in Los Angeles and Oakland he moved to New York and began finding work in three star restaurants. He soon became disenchanted with Manhattan fine dining, as it reminded him of the corporate hell he had escaped from. These days, Daniel is grateful to visit the green market often and cook simple, honest food for his friends and neighbors.
 
Katherine Youngblood, Chef de Cuisine
Katherine Youngblood joined Lot 2 in June 2010 and became Chef de Cuisine in November 2012. Prior to working at Lot 2, she cooked for Michelin-starred chef Joseph Humphrey (2009-2010) in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked at Oliveto Restaurant in Oakland, CA (2007-2009), where she learned to love all things Californian and Italian. She received a Culinary Arts Certificate from City College of San Francisco in 2007. She is passionate about sourcing local ingredients, as well as bringing thoughtful and innovative approaches to American Cuisine. Katherine grew up in Texas and received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a beginner cyclist and has completed 4 sprint-distance triathlons.
 
Jennifer Shelbo, Pastry Chef
After growing up in San Diego, Jen moved to Boston to obtain a degree in Business Administration at Northeastern University. During the years she spent working in the financial industry, she most enjoyed bringing her weekend baking projects to work and watching her co-workers enjoy them. In 2006, Jen left Boston to pursue the creative career of her dreams and attended the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. With the help of a scholarship from the James Beard Foundation, she received her diploma in both Pastry and Baking, and Culinary Management in Spring 2007. After working in the highly regarded kitchens of Gramercy Tavern and Per Se, Jen joined the opening team at Maialino as the Pastry Chef in Fall 2009. In July 2010, Food & Wine magazine named Jen as one of seven Pastry Chefs to watch, labeling her “The Archivist” because of her dedication to search for and create delicious pastries.
 
Thea Bloomberg, Floor Manager
After finishing her coursework at Columbia University School of the Arts in June 2009, Thea Bloomberg did what many aspiring MFA writing students do- got a job in a restaurant. The restaurant was Lot 2 and it changed her life. She fell in love with Daniel Rojo (see above), marrying him at Lot 2 on July 24th, 2011. She also fell hard for her job serving food and drinks to customers she has gotten to know and care so much about, alongside coworkers she considers her dearest friends and family. When she’s not at the restaurant, Thea can be found around the corner at home, trying to make good on that MFA in writing.