Chef and co-owner Corina Weibel started her professional life in the high stakes world of commodities trading, slinging bauxite and alumina hydrates from New York to Geneva. She soon tired of the bourse-by-day, casino-by-night lifestyle, and turned to cooking. She returned to school studying at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. Out of cooking school, she cut her teeth in the many-starred kitchens in San Francisco, including Cypress Club with Cory Shreiber and Bix with Daniel Delon and Cindy Pawlson. Corina's search for better balance both in life and in flavor led her south, where she joined Nancy Silverton and Mark Peel in the kitchen of Campanile in Los Angeles, becoming Sous Chef. Later she helped open Lucques with Suzanne Goin, where she became Chef de Cuisine. After a few years of private catering, she opened Canelé, offering beautiful, unfussy Mediterranean cooking and pastries Bordelaise.
Co-owner Jane Choi learned to handle tough crowds with utmost grace at clubs and restaurants in Queens, New York. Little surprise that she soon found herself running the hottest of the hot spots in Keith McNally’s New York empire: Balthazar, later moving to the Provençal paragon Pastis. She moved to Los Angeles with her actor husband Andre Royo and daughter Stella and soon hooked up with Corina to open Canelé: a neighborhood joint that makes her less homesick for the style, bustle, and deliciousness of the big apple.