25+ YEARS IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY AS A CHEF, PARTNER & PERSONALITY
Chef Capon’s culinary journey started when he was discovered by the legendary chef Charlie Palmer following his graduation from Johnson & Wales University. Lovingly known as “Capon” to those who know him both personally and professionally, he sharpened his skills as an extern at Aureole, before assisting in the opening of the Lenox Room. He'd go on to work for the great David Burke at the revered and whimsical Park Avenue Cafe before he decided to color his passport with stamps traveling through Italy, Germany, France, and Spain building an eclectic palette of tastes and techniques that would prepare him for his next chapter as a celebrated chef. During his tenure as sous chef under Gary Kunz at The St. Regis Hotel's Astor Court, he would reunite with chef Charlie Palmer and go on to become the Executive Chef of Alva, Palmer's American Bistro, followed by Matthew's on the Upper East Side of Manhattan working with Chef Matthew Kenny. (Where he also met his amazing and beautiful wife to be Lori ) His next act would lead him to New York's beloved neighborhood of SoHo where he would take the reins as Executive Chef of Canteen. After a few years he partnered with Josh Pickard and John McDonald to open the iconic Lure Fish Bar, followed by Burger & Barrel Winepub, El Toro Blanco, and Bowery Meat Company as well as Lure SOBE, where he would serve as Executive Chef / partner in the Mercer Street Hospitality Group. In 2021, Capon joined David Rodolitz, Gary Vaynerchuk and Conor Hanlon, to start their own hospitality portfolio aptly named VCR Group with a focus of creating consumer-centric experiences through unmatched hospitality.
AWARDS & TELEVISION
Capon is a 7-time winner of the People's Choice award at the NYC & SOBE Wine & Food Festivals Burger Bash. His appearances on the Food Network, Rachael Ray, CBS Early Show, The CHEW, TODAY, and Good Morning America, as well as having his own show, Frankenfood, on SPIKE TV over the past decade have made him one of the most sought after chefs and entertainers in the culinary world.
VIRTUAL EVENTS & COOKING WITH THE CAPONS
Throughout COVID-19, with the whole world stuck at home, Capon created a robust virtual cooking experience, servicing corporate and social clients and friends. Additionally he conceptualized and produced his own show via instagram called "Cooking with the Capons" where he creates his favorite dishes alongside his daughter Amanda who occasionally likes to bust out into her favorite Tik-Tok dance :)
CHARITY & PERSONAL LIFE
Capon is a big supporter of the Wellness in Schools program, Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Alex's Lemonade, as well as his own charity, The Tailgate With a Cause.
When he's not dancing around the kitchen or the restaurant floor, Capon can be found at his home in New Jersey where he enjoys cooking for his family and friends and of course his favorite 5 top, his wife, two kids and his dog Cody.