'Take Five' with Cameron Mitchell
This week we chat with the Cbus restaurant king himself
With all the serious news we're surrounded by every day, it's nice to read something fun, short and simple every once in awhile. With that in mind, we're offering a series of quick interviews called "Take Five." We'll feature local athletes, musicians and artists, along with some national celebrities who are passing through town.
This week we caught up with Cameron Mitchell, the local restaurant king himself. If you live in Columbus and have not eaten at a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant (Cameron's American Bistro, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, M, Marcella's, Martini Italian Bistro, Mitchell's Ocean Club and Molly Woo's Asian Bistro) you more then likely live under a rock. The 47-year-old, Upper Arlington raised restaurateur extraordinaire opened his first establishment nearly 20 years ago when he was 30 years old. Now his name is on the marquee of seven restaurants in Columbus, some with multiple locations locally and nationwide. Let's face it, he in many ways put Columbus on the map where fine dining is concerned.
Check out our chat with the culinary guru below:
Does being Cameron Mitchell mean eating out every day? What's your favorite dish to cook for yourself when you're at home?
No, [laughs] not at all ... I like cooking holiday meals for the family. The menu is typical of anything you'd see at a holiday dinner; roasts, turkeys, hams, with all the traditional sides. The spirit of cooking a big holiday meal is fun. It's not about what I'm cooking, I just enjoy the process and bringing everyone together.
Describe a dish you've tasted that's changed your life? Or was just unforgettable?
When I was in culinary school we made these croissants that were amazing. Fresh croissants coming out of the oven is incredible. I think I grained 10 pounds during that class. I don't necessarily have a favorite dish. I just love food. I don't delineate between a cheeseburger and [more upscale foods]. All I care about is, does it taste great and is it down right.
What's your favorite non-Cameron Mitchell restaurant?
It's a tie between Lindey's and Rigsby's. Just because they do a great job with what they do. They both have great atmospheres, they do a great job with their food and service, it's just great stuff.
Which Columbus festival do you have to attend every year? Why?
More years then not I go to the Columbus Arts Festival. ... You can walk by booth after booth and something can really jump out at you, the surprises are fun. We have a large art collection at home and we always add to it after a trip to the Arts Festival. The Greek Festival is always fun too. The food and all the Greek traditions are kind of neat.
Is there any thing or place in Columbus you simply can't live without?
Ohio State Football. I love my Buckeyes.
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