Executive Chef, Patina Catering
Alec Lestr has worked with Chef Joachim Splichal since the days before Patina opened.
He began his career in the restaurant industry at his father's chain of coffee shops in Los Angeles when he was just 12 years old. His passion for food developed each passing year and when he was 17, he joined restaurateur David Wilhelm in opening the critically acclaimed Pave in Corona del Mar. He was then invited to serve as apprentice chef at L'Orangerie where he worked for two years before joining Joachim Splichal in opening Max au Triangle. Alec was appointed Chef de Cuisine of Patina Catering in 1995 and Executive Chef in 1998. He oversees the entire culinary operations of the growing Patina Catering. Armed with the commitment to perfection for which his mentor is renowned, Lestr continues to develop his talents and lend his creative genius to all events.
Alec's passion lies in masterminding large-scale events, where the guest count can top 18,000. His experience includes orchestrating such prestigious events as the 2000 Democratic National Convention, movie premieres such as The Matrix, Men in Black, Transformers, the annual Emmy Awards Creative Arts Dinner, Governor's Ball, BAFTA Awards, amfAR Inspiration Gala, high profile galas at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Art + Film Gala at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and private estate parties for Hollywood’s elite.