Charles Kline, Senior Vice President of Operations
Chuck Kline has more than two decades of restaurant and hospitality experience.
His enthusiasm for the kitchen started early. At sixteen, he was making breads and entrees at Vincenzo’s an Italian restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated first in his class at Columbus State Community College, earning an Associates Degree in Hospitality Management, and spent time shadowing Charlie Trotter in Chicago.
Chuck then completed a three-year apprenticeship at The Refectory in Columbus, Ohio under French Chef Richard Blondin. This was followed by two years’ service as Sous Chef under Chef Blondin whom he credits, along with Charlie Trotter, as his biggest mentor and influence.
Chuck’s first assignment with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants was menu development for the new Cap City Fine Diner & Bar concept in 1995. Hired as Sous Chef, he was quickly promoted to Executive Chef.
In 1999, Chuck was promoted to the Executive Team as Corporate Chef and in 2007 became Vice President of Food and Beverage. he was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2009 and became senior vice president of operations in 2016.
In addition to overseeing the regional management teams for all of the restaurants, Chuck also directs the Company's beverage and training programs as well as the operations of Cameron Mitchell Catering and the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern.
He actively participates in new concept development for the Company, which involves traveling to diverse locations to research potential new concepts with a goal of further extending Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' national presence.
Chuck says his favorite part of working with Cameron Mitchell is the freedom to run the business as if it were his own with his passion being the development and nurturing of teams. He’d like to emulate the legacy of his mentors – to assist each team member in achieving their goals.
Reaching back to his early cooking roots, he says his all-time favorite Cameron Mitchell dish is the pizza at Marcella’s Ristorante and Martini Modern Italian. The current favorite is Marcella’s Chicken Piccata.