Our Team

Charbel Adaimy

Charbel Adaimy - Executive Chef

Charbel is a first generation Lebanese American who is also a native Angeleno. His love for cooking and all things food related came from his parents, even though they really wanted him to be a doctor. He was classically trained at the Le Cordon Bleu and earned his chops at the Michelin rated fine dining room at the Ritz Carlton of Pasadena. However, his true passion is to make people happy with food whether you like a sloppy joe or a tartine de foie.

Jose Castro

Jose Castro - Sous Chef

Born and raised here in Los Angeles, Castro began his culinary career at the age of 20. Initially washing dishes, he continued working his way into different positions throughout the kitchen, refining his skills in multiple restaurants throughout the city such as Barbrix, All’Acqua, Côté Est Bistro & Bar, and a company called 'Bon Appétit' inside the kitchens of Dreamworks Studios. Castro’s favorite thing about Messhall is getting to work alongside such a talented team of individuals and having the opportunity to continue to learn and hone his craft.

Gabriel Raissnia

Gabriel Raissnia - Event Coordinator / Supervisor

Gabriel began working in hospitality at the age of 17, running room service at The Red Lion Inn in Costa Mesa, CA. He went on to receive a B.A. in Journalism at University of Minnesota, continuing working in numerous types of restaurants from casual to fine dining, in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Gabriel has been serving here at Messhall since its opening and he loves being a part of the vibrant, creative and hard-working neighborhood and team.

Amanda Arebalo

Amanda Arebalo - Social Media / Content Creator

Originally hailing from Kansas, Amanda has been bartending in LA since 2007. Initially catching the bug for craft/classic cocktails while working in fine dining at boutique hotels (Viceroy Hotel Group, The Gordon Ramsay at The London Hotel, and The Culver Hotel), she enrolled in Julian Cox’s Bar program in mid-2013 and started working behind the bar at Messhall soon after. Her passion for the LA food scene combined with her first hand knowledge of the Messhall brand, has morphed into a passion for social media & marketing promoting our mission far and wide. Amanda loves being a part of the Messhall family!