Growing up in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, Jair Tellez was raised in a melting pot of combined American and Mexican influences. In 1999 he bought a piece of land in Valle de Guadalupe and Laja was born. Jair began his professional training at the French Culinary Institute, which led to an apprenticeship at Daniel, where he stayed and worked for one year. In 2016 he opened his second restaurant in Mexico City, Amaya, which has a focus on natural wine, and El Zorro Plateado in Playa del Carmen, with a focus on wood fire cooking. In 2017 he opened Fayuca in Vancouver, which is Mexican inspired with a focus on a free flow of ideas and flavours along the Pacific Coast. Laja was recently awarded 42nd place on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants from Latin America.