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 within the culinary and hospitality world, 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 institution that is Park Avenue Cafe before he decided to color his passport with stamps traveling through Italy, Germany, France, and most of Europe 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, and Matthew’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
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, and then opening the iconic Lure Fish Bar, followed by Burger & Barrel Winepub, El Toro Blanco, and Bowery Meat Company where he would serve as Executive Chef / partner in the Mercer Street Hospitality Group.
In 2021, Capon joined David Rodolitz, Conor Hanlon, and Gary Vaynerchuk to start their own hospitality portfolio aptly named VCR Group with a focus of creating consumer-centric experiences through unmatched hospitality.
Capon is a 7-time winner of the People’s Choice award at the NYC Wine & Food Festival, Burger Bash. His appearances on the Food Network, Rachael Ray, CBS Early Show, TODAY, and Good Morning America over the past decade have made him one of the most sought after chefs and entertainers in the culinary world.
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 favorite four top, his wife and two kids.