Chris Trundle has been appointed head chef at Wild Flor restaurant in Hove, joining from Manfred's in Copenhagen where he had been working as head chef.
He also previously worked as head chef at Lyle's restaurant in London's Shoreditch, as well as senior sous chef at Robin Gill's the Manor and chef de partie at Adam Byatt's Trinity, both in London's Clapham.
A statement from the 34-cover bistro said the team was "delighted" to welcome Trundle "at a really exciting time as we continue to evolve and adapt to the changing times we find ourselves in".
Trundle and the restaurant team, also including chefs Laurence East, Olivia Weatherill and Will Loxton, will be developing the new daytime offering, specialising in fresh breads and pastries as well as light, seasonal lunch dishes, alongside the evening menu, which focuses on British ingredients and European cooking techniques.
The statement added: "We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Oliver Darby, who lead our kitchen during the opening year and provided us with so many memorable dishes and memories we will never forget. We wish him the very best in whatever he decides to do next."