Donna Chriszt Out as Chef of Fountain; Brian Okin Steps In




Brian Okin (Verve, Dinner in the Dark) has taken over the kitchen at Fountain (34105 Chagrin Blvd., 216-755-1225) in Moreland Hills, which opened just over three months ago. He is replacing opening chef Donna Chriszt. His first day on the job is today.

"Whether it was me or somebody else, the owners were going to make a change," Okin explains.

He says that he will continue with the European small-plate concept as it is and has been successful. Diners will begin to see some seasonal tweaks representing Okin's influence, but there will be no wholesale changes.

Okin admits that his biggest challenge will be working in a kitchen that lacks many typical pieces of equipment. This one is limited to induction burners and an oven.

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