Almost two years ago, Matt Anderson left his job as head chef at Umami in Chagrin Falls to join Steve Schimoler at Crop Kitchen
, where he came on as chef-partner. This Saturday will be his last day on the job there.
Beginning next week, Anderson will be the new chef de cuisine at Table 45
, replacing outgoing chef Donna Chriszt, who will stay with InterContinental Hotels but in a different capacity.
“It’s a lifestyle change,” Anderson says. “I’m 45 years old with a wife and two kids and I’m trying to step back and relax a little bit. I’m excited. I think it’s a great move for me personally. Working on the line every day for 15 hours was charming and fun when I was 20, but I’m getting too old for that.”
Anderson’s departure follows quickly on the heels of news that Pete Joyce
, the former Culinary Director for Crop Restaurant Group, is moving to Barrio Restaurant Group.