Cameron Mitchell Restaurant

Executive Chef

For some, running a restaurant is a business. For us, it is our calling. Our passion for food and fine dining comes first, business second. We are a chef-driven restaurant. For you, that means fine dining at its best. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Executive Chef Justin Rupert

Justin Rupert, Cap City Gahanna Executive Chef

Justin Rupert, executive chef at Cap City Fine Diner and Bar in Gahanna, joined Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) in 2005. He worked at various CMR concepts before beginning his current role in 2019.

At Justin’s childhood home in Wooster, Ohio, the kitchen acted as the family room because it was their favorite gathering place. Inspired by his mother’s cooking and his dislike for his high school job at a shoe store, Justin began spending his free time making new recipes. In the late 80’s, he moved to Columbus where he was introduced to fine dining kitchens and chefs, allowing him to realize his passion for food. In that moment, Justin decided his goal was to become a professional chef and he has never looked back.

Justin is passionate about being a chef because he enjoys staying busy and changing his routine. Every day is different in the restaurant industry. He loves building teams and friendships and working hard with those who have the same interest. The satisfaction of planning and executing successful meals and creating exceptional dining memories keep Justin excited to go to work every day.

When asked what he enjoys most about CMR, Justin said, “Their belief in me and the opportunity for continued learning and growth. I’ve gotten to be a part of some incredible teams in my 15 years.”

Justin advises aspiring chefs to be vocal about their dreams and goals and to ask for help when they need it.

Outside of the kitchen, Justin enjoys learning about cars, fishing, watching Premiere League and spending time with his wife, Kristin, and daughter, McKinley.