We are a chef-driven restaurant. Our passion for food and fine dining comes first for our guests. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Eaman Hai was first introduced to Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) in 2014 when he interned at home office. After years of gaining management experience at various restaurants around Columbus, including Del Mar SoCal Kitchen in early 2019, Hai was offered his current position as the general manager at Martini Modern Italian.
Serving others has always been an important aspect of Hai’s life. He even spent a year working at a secondary school in Tanzania, Africa teaching students, coaching sports teams and helping build a computer lab. After returning to the United States, he began working in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher at a daytime café and catering company and quickly learned that he had a passion for hospitality. Hai worked his way up to become the president and general manager of that same company when he was just 21 years old.
Hai enjoys working for CMR because of the support that surrounds him on a daily basis. “The team pushes me to be my best and I love the growth I’ve been able to realize here. Our company culture and philosophies are things that I have practiced in my career and it is amazing to be around a team of people who all feel the same way.”
Hai often reminds himself of an acronym his father taught him – P.I.E. which stands for Performance, Image and Exposure. He believes all three must be present and positive in order for someone to continue growing in their career.
When asked his advice for others interested in the hospitality industry, Hai said, “Truly find your passion. You have to spend a lot of time getting to know yourself before you can become your best. At a young age, I would recommend that others put themselves out there and try to experience as many different things as possible to understand what they are truly passionate about.”
Outside of work, Hai enjoys watching football and English club soccer, and cooking for his friends and family. He also has a big passion for spirits and loves sipping on a well-made tequila drink. He currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio with his wife and two kids.
Chef John Paul Iacobucci (JP) was named executive chef of Martini Modern Italian (Martini) in June 2020. Chef Iacobucci’s professional path began as a dishwasher when he was 16. He ultimately fell in love with the fast pace of the restaurant industry and quickly worked his way up.
While attending Columbus State Community College’s Apprentice Program in 2009, he became a line cook at Martini. From there, he was promoted to sous chef at Ocean Prime Dallas and eventually moved back to Columbus. He joined the Martini team once again, this time as a sous chef and was eventually promoted to executive chef. Iacobucci then served as the executive chef at The Guild House, and most recently the executive chef at M at Miranova (M).
Iacobucci traces his love of cooking back to his childhood with his large Italian family in Marion, Ohio. He has fond memories of visiting his grandmother, picking fresh herbs and vegetables in her garden and learning to make pasta, meatballs and sauce from scratch. Although Iacobucci loves learning new cooking techniques, his favorite culinary style is still Italian and his favorite dish to serve to family and friends is spaghetti with tomato sauce.
He says that all chefs can benefit from a hunger to learn more and from striving to do better. With over a decade of experience with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, his mission is to constantly learn more about his ingredients and where they came from.
Iacobucci resides in Reynoldsburg. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf, listening to rock and roll, and spending time with his children.