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Cameron Mitchell, CEO and Founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, is an accomplished and visionary restaurateur. This summer marks a significant milestone in his career with the opening of his 100th restaurant, aptly named Cento. This achievement stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and commitment to delivering extraordinary dining experiences.

To celebrate this milestone, we’ll explore just some of the culinary and philanthropic contributions Cameron Mitchell has made during his prolific career.

Entrepreneurial Breakthrough

The staff at Cameron Mitchell's Cameron's American Bistro.
Cameron’s American Bistro, serving wonderful food and genuine hospitality since 1993. (Photo by CMR)

After a brief tenure as a fry chef at Max and Ermas, Mitchell realized he wanted to own his own restaurant. His relentless passion for the culinary arts led to the opening of his first restaurant in 1993, Cameron’s American Bistro.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Cameron’s American Bistro quickly gained recognition for its innovative cuisine and unparalleled hospitality, proven by this establishment’s continued success. His first restaurant laid a strong foundation for a series of groundbreaking concepts that would follow.

Innovative Concepts & Culinary Excellence

Over the years, Mitchell has introduced an impressive array of innovative restaurant concepts. Here are a few of our favorites.

Martini Modern Italian, one of CMR’s notable establishments, showcases a contemporary twist on classic Italian cuisine, expertly crafted by talented chefs under Mitchell’s guidance.

The back of house at Martini Modern Italian.
The back-of-house hard at work creating culinary magic at Martini Modern Italian. (Photo by CMR)

Ocean Prime, another standout concept, combines an upscale seafood and steakhouse experience with a vibrant atmosphere. Vegas diners can soon rejoice, as an Ocean Prime is set to open on the strip this summer.

The Guild House showcases a modern, upscale dining experience. The restaurant’s elegant interior, with its tasteful décor and warm lighting, creates a welcoming ambiance. The Guild House is celebrated for its farm-to-table approach, utilizing locally sourced ingredients to create innovative and flavorful dishes.

A stunning interior view of Cameron Mitchell's The Guild House.
A stunning interior view of The Guild House. (Photo by CMR)

Cap City Fine Diner captures the essence of a classic American diner with a contemporary twist. The restaurant’s retro-chic décor, complete with comfortable booths and neon signs, creates a nostalgic atmosphere. People flock to Cap City for its delectable comfort food offerings, including meatloaf, fried chicken, and homemade pies.

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek offers a unique dining experience in a restored historic barn setting. The restaurant’s rustic charm, with its exposed wooden beams and vintage touches, creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The dry-aged steaks, sourced from local farms, are a highlight, along with the fresh seafood offerings.

Exterior shot of The Barn.
The enchanting evening glow of The Barn. (Photo by CMR)

Philanthropic Efforts

Cameron Mitchell is not only a successful restaurateur but also a philanthropist dedicated to giving back to his community. His commitment to making a positive impact can be seen through various charitable initiatives and partnerships with local organizations. Specific examples of how Cameron Mitchell gives back includes:

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Foundation: Cameron Mitchell established the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting charitable causes. The foundation focuses on areas such as children’s health and wellness, education, and hunger relief.

Mitchell Hall: Cameron Mitchell is committed to fostering the next generation of restaurateurs, exemplified by his partnership with Columbus State Community College and the founding of Mitchell Hall. Columbus State is now home to a state-of-the-art venue that offers over 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, in a brand new 80,000-square-foot facility. Mitchell Hall includes 11 teaching kitchens and labs, a culinary theater, a student-run retail bakery and café, as well as a restaurant and bar that serves the public, providing real-world experience to students.

Collaboration with Local Food Banks: Cameron Mitchell Restaurants actively collaborates with local food banks and hunger relief organizations to address food insecurity in the communities they serve. For instance, partnerships with organizations like the Mid-Ohio Food Collective in Columbus and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank enable Cameron Mitchell Restaurants to contribute surplus food and resources to those in need.

A Culinary Role Model for Restaurateurs Everywhere

Prime Social in Kansas City.
Keeping warm at Prime Social in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by CMR)

Through his innovative concepts, commitment to exceptional service, and unwavering dedication to culinary excellence, Cameron Mitchell continues to leave an indelible mark on the restaurant industry. What is your favorite Cameron Mitchell restaurant? Marcella’s? The Pearl? Let us know in the comment section!


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