Our Head Chef, Johnny Stanford
Johnny Stanford is an exciting young chef with over 12 years’ experience in Michelin starred kitchens.
Manchester born and bred, after attending Trafford College at 16 and a brief stint in the lake district, Johnny worked for Paul Kitching at his acclaimed Altrincham restaurant, Juniper. He then joined Paul on his journey to open 21212 in Edinburgh. In 2012, Johnny relocated to Sussex to work with Matt Gillan at The Pass restaurant at South Lodge Hotel. Leaving the Pass to open Pascere restaurant in Brighton, in the 9 months he was there, he received rave reviews from the likes of Marina o’laughlin, Tom Parker Bowles and Giles Coren.
“The combination of artistry with an understanding of what people want to eat” Marina O’laughlin.
“There’s talent in this kitchen, no doubt about that, and cooking that, at best, can stand shoulder to shoulder with the country’s best”. Tom Parker Bowles
“Utterly historic…. The only pudding I’ve eaten in my life that I’d want to eat again”. Giles Coren
Moving to West Sussex with his young family to take the reigns at The Half Moon, Johnny brings his unique style of marrying modern and classic techniques with clean uncomplicated flavour, using the best available British produce.