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Chef Sonny Pache, executive chef of Del Mar and Lincoln Social, joined Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) in 2004. Prior to taking on the role, Pache was an integral part of the national Ocean Prime brand, working as the executive chef of Ocean Prime Philadelphia as well as Ocean Prime Dallas. He was even named Ocean Prime Executive Chef of the Year in 2018.
In college, Pache spent nights cooking for his college roommates who encouraged him to attend culinary school. He took their advice and started the culinary program at Columbus State Community College before landing an apprenticeship at the Columbus Fish Market. After working there for a year and a half, he accepted an offer to continue his apprenticeship at CMR’s fine dining concept, M. It only took eight months before he became M’s executive chef.
The skills Pache has learned over the past 15 years at CMR extend beyond food, impacting the way he works with his team. He says he learns something new from his co-workers every day and has a lot of faith in them.
“The more you trust your team, the more they trust you,” said Pache. “At the end of the day, if you can take care of people then they will take care of you.”
As a California native, Pache is excited to share SoCal-style food with the Columbus community through Del Mar, offering a fresh and flavorful menu inspired by his hometown.
Outside of work, Pache enjoys fishing, being outdoors, watching movies and spending time with his wife Katie and dog Harley.
Amanda Thompson is the general manager of Del Mar SoCal Kitchen. Thompson joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) family in 2016 and worked her way up from a server and bartender to a supervisor at The Pearl Short North. She then joined the Cap City Grandview team as dining room manager and eventually moved to Hudson 29 Upper Arlington as assistant general manager. In October 2020, Thompson stepped into the role of General Manager at The Avenue in Grandview before making her transition to Del Mar SoCal Kitchen.
Originally from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Thompson first learned the importance of customer service in various jobs at Best Buy. Although, it wasn’t until she began working at Nick’s Laguna Beach that she realized her passion for the restaurant and hospitality industry. During her two years at Nick’s, she fell in love with the energy of the high-volume and fast-paced restaurant environment.
Once Thompson moved to Columbus in 2014, she knew she wanted to continue in the industry and began as a server at The Rossi Bar & Kitchen before joining CMR.
Thompson enjoys working for CMR because of the company’s associates-first culture as well as the endless opportunities for growth and development. Her favorite dishes include The Pearl’s hanger steak and Hudson 29’s cheeseburger.
When asked the greatest lesson she has learned in her professional career, Thompson notes the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. “Be the person who other people enjoy being around. Always leave things better than you found them.” She also advises those interested in the restaurant and hospitality industry to make work fun and lead by example.
Thompson currently resides in Grandview and enjoys camping, water activities, cooking and going out to dinner.