Our Team

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, Martini General Manager
General Manager

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.

Patrick Hofer
Executive Chef

Patrick Hofer discovered his love of cooking as a child while spending time in the kitchen with his grandmother. At age 15, he started working at a family-owned pizza restaurant and he has been in the restaurant industry ever since. Hofer earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and has been working in restaurants for more than a decade.

Hofer has risen through the ranks with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. He began as a line cook at The Pearl and was later promoted to sous chef at Molly Woo’s. He has also held positions at The Guild House, Marcella’s and most recently, he joined Martini Modern Italian as the executive chef.

Hofer says his biggest accomplishment in his career thus far has been becoming an executive chef at age 25. He enjoys all types of cooking as long as he’s learning, although his family most often requests his famous buddha bowls, prepared with crispy tofu, rice and roasted vegetables in a peanut sauce.

Hofer can’t live without his rubber spatula; and rice, cereal, avocados and yogurt can always be found in his kitchen. Outside of the restaurant, Hofer enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their two children.