VIP Treatment is standard at OCEAN PRIME.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service. Our team members are “great people delivering genuine hospitality,” and it’s no accident that we put “people” first in our company motto. Heartfelt hospitality is our key to the consistently exceptional service you can expect at OCEAN PRIME. Our team will do everything possible to ensure our guests have a truly amazing experience.
Executive Chef Chris Mayer
Exective Chef Chris Mayer brings more than 20 years of experience to Ocean Prime Troy. His culinary passion is evident in his teaching, managing and execution. A native to Michigan, Chef Mayer began his culinary career at the young age of 15, working nearly every role in the industry, both front and back of house.
Chef Mayer joined Cameron Mitchel Restaurants in 2005, and has grown with the company throughout his tenure. Mayer joined the Ocean Prime Troy team in 2013 as a line cook where he rose quickly through the ranks as sous chef, executive sous chef and then was named executive chef in 2018.
Mayer is a firm believer in giving his team the opportunity to make decisions together, utilizing different ideas and methods to continue to keep Ocean Prime Troy a cutting-edge culinary experience in metro Detroit. “We do things as a team and it gives each of us a true sense of pride in what we accomplish,” said Mayer.
When Chef Mayer isn’t in the kitchen, he is spending time with his wife Amanda and their daughter. His other passion is enjoying the outdoors including hunting, fishing and boating.
General Manager Kip Donlon
General Manager Kip Donlon developed his passion for the hospitality industry through his journey at Ocean Prime. His previous fine dining experience and growth within Ocean Prime has inspired his management technique that he shares with his team members every day.
Kip began his career at Ocean Prime Troy as a server when the restaurant opened in June 2008. He is proud of being a “Day One Associate” at Ocean Prime Troy and how he has grown with the organization over the past decade. Kip is dedicated to serving guests and truly personifies the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ philosophy of “Yes is the answer. What is the question?” He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in February 2017 and named General Manager in January 2019.
Continuing to serve as a leader to his fellow associates, Kip has served as a trainer for the openings of Ocean Prime locations in Beverly Hills, Naples and Philadelphia. He trained the team members and managers, sharing his passion for the industry and has helped these locations prosper. Kip credits being a living example of Cameron Mitchell’s “people first” philosophy has helped him become a strong management style of feedback, communication and empathy. “I strongly believe in the ‘seek first to understand’ approach when working with our associates,” said Kip. As a true representation of the Cameron Mitchell “Yes is the Answer” culture, he will continue to develop future leaders within the Ocean Prime family.
Kip is a life-long Michigan resident who was born in Royal Oak. He has a Business Administration Degree from Oakland Community College where he majored in accounting. Kip is no Stranger to a team setting; for more than 20 years, Kip has been a musician performing in several bands. When he’s not in the restaurant, you can find him spending time with his son, playing basketball or mastering his poker skills.
Event Manager Sue Simich
Sue has worked in the restaurant and hospitality world since she was 16 years old working in her family’s restaurant. In 2003, Sue joined Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group as part of the opening team of Mitchell’s Fish Market in Birmingham, Michigan and 2 years later helped to open Cameron’s Steak House (both restaurants were sold to Ruth’s Hospitality in 2008). Sue transitioned to Ocean Prime in 2008, stepping into the role of Dining Room Manager and then Sales and Event Manager. Sue is extremely dedicated to creating exceptional events and experiences for guests, whether it’s the important business dinner or special family celebrations.