Leah Joos & Jen Lile, Chefs & Owners

For us, community and food go hand-in-hand. We want Kitchen 452 to feel as welcoming and comfortable to
you as a friend’s home. We’ve taken a few culinary classes here and there, but most of our cooking skills are
the result of hundreds of hours in the kitchen – testing, tasting, burning, succeeding, and sharing our
creations with our friends and family.

One of my favorite food memories is related to family and that warm feeling of cooking meals together. My grandmother was never a great cook (in fact her cooking was often the punch line of many jokes), but she was great at making anyone feel welcome in her kitchen. Whether it was chocolate chip pancakes every weekend or poppy seed hamantaschen for Purim, I have great memories of family and laughter in her kitchen.

When I’m not experimenting with new recipes, you can find me cheering on the Cincinnati Bearcats, Reds, and Bengals or spending time volunteering at the Ohio Alleycat Resource.

I discovered my passion for fresh food and community meals while backpacking through Europe for 6 months in the late 90s. After returning, I changed the way I ate and cooked, which also changed my life. When I’m not hanging out in the kitchen making vegetarian meals, I can be found practicing yoga, taking walks with my husband and dog, and dreaming about my next surfing vacation.