As the executive chef of El Segundo in the Short North Arts District, Bradshaw Cunnington enjoys keeping up with new culinary trends and working hard to ensure an amazing guest experience. He began his culinary career learning from talented mentors and teachers at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). The valuable connections he made at CSCC led to his first position with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) at Martini Modern Italian as a pantry cook. He was able to gain experience in every heart-of-the-house position as he worked his way up into a supervisory role.
Chef Cunnington has spent more than 12 years with CMR and has developed a deep passion for cooking as well as for the company itself. He has had the privilege of working at a variety of specialty concepts during his career including Hudson 29, The Avenue and more. He joined El Segundo as the sous chef when it opened in 2021 and quickly moved into his current role as executive chef. He looks forward to continuing to evolve the concept.
“I love that I got to be a part of all the new phases of opening a new restaurant,” said Chef Cunnington.
Chef Cunnington grew up in Bexley and now resides in Victorian Village. He claims he is never without hot sauce and a sharp set of knives, and his family and friends look forward to his Christmas dinner he cooks every year – a beef tenderloin with a red wine demi glaze, parmesan risotto and a peppermint ice cream cake with chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff.
He encourages new chefs in the industry to be hardworking and continue learning every day.
“The industry is always evolving,” said Cunnington. “Keep up with new trends and continue to expand your culinary knowledge. Be the hardest working person in the kitchen and it will pay off.”
Jessica Stull, general manager of El Segundo, has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has been with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) since 2015.
Before working at CMR, Stull studied Hospitality Management at The Ohio State University. She began her career in hospitality working as a server and bartender at Colonial Golfer’s Club. She also was a server, bartender and intern at Roosters for a time. Stull moved her way up from server to dining room manager at Hudson 29 Upper Arlington. From there, she continued her career at The Pearl Short North where she was promoted to General Manager.
Stull is incredibly passionate about delivering genuine hospitality to guests, whether it be in the restaurant or in her home with friends and family. Because she has always loved cooking and dining out, being a part of the restaurant industry comes naturally to her.
Her favorite thing about working for CMR is the people. Stull grew up in a small town in Ohio with a strong sense of community and family and has found a similar sense of community with CMR. She’s grateful for an amazing team and is focused on guiding them through encouragement, inspiration and engagement.
“I have learned that communication is key and you need to give the best of yourself to your associates,” says Stull. “Always be open and honest and learn something new every day to grow with your team.”
Stull resides in Italian Village. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her nephews, trying new restaurants and traveling. Her favorite CMR dishes are the Shanghai Seabass from Hudson 29 and the Filet from Martini.