Former Brighton head chef expresses excitement for new restaurant

A former Brighton head chef is to head up a new restaurant in Sussex.

Johnny Stanford, who set up the critically acclaimed kitchen at Pascere in Brighton, is to head up No.1 Broad Street in Cuckfield, West Sussex.

Up until recently he was head chef at The Half Moon in Kirdford – owned by Jodie Kidd.

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He has more than 16 years’ experience in Michelin-starred kitchens and is poised to bring his unique brand of produce led modern British food and relaxed fine dining to the village, a spokesman said.

In partnership with him is owner Philip Bunn, who was formally trained at the Park Lane Hotel, Ritz and later the Intercontinental Hyde Park. He will be managing front of house and will bring a ‘wealth of experience to the table’, said a spokesman.

Johnny, who lives in Worthing, said: “I’ve found a great partnership with Philip. This is an opportunity to cook the food I’m passionate about and have dedicated my career to.

“We intend to create no-holds-barred dishes, and create a unique and memorable experience to wow our guests.”

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Head chef Johnny Stanford (left) and Philip Bunn

Philip said: “I am really excited about No.1 Broad Street, I was classically trained back in the 1980’s and worked alongside some household names, but I always had my own ideas on how a fine dining restaurant should work and I am looking forward to putting this into practice.

“I think Johnny and I will be a great team and bring a new dining experience to the village of Cuckfield and the Haywards Heath area.”

The 42-cover restaurant and private dining opens on Tuesday, March 26. The restaurant will be open for service on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

A spokesman added: “No.1 Broad Street is an early 19th century building with lots of character and atmosphere, in the picturesque village of Cuckfield. Featuring three interlinked rooms that will offer a relaxed and intimate dining experience, the team intend to bring a whole new culinary experience to the area, a historic building, with a modern kitchen and contemporary décor run by young professionals.”

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