Clare Smyth is an internationally renowned Michelin-star chef and remains the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin-stars in the UK.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Clare grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland where her lifelong passion for food and nature began. Since moving to England at the age of 16, she has worked with uncompromising devotion to her craft. Early in her career, she trained in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world including Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco. She also worked under Gordon Ramsay for 13 years and was Chef Patron before opening her own restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill, London.
Since opening in August 2017, the restaurant has received many accolades and is the first ever to enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10. The restaurant also earned five AA rosettes and was named Best Restaurant at the GQ Food and Drink Awards, New Restaurant of the Year by the Craft Guild of Chefs and received the Service Award at the National Restaurant Awards.
Clare has received numerous awards including two stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide and was named The World’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. She also received the Chef of the Year Award at the National Restaurant Awards in 2019. She recently announced plans to open a new restaurant at Crown Sydney in Australia in February 2021.
She is an active member of the international culinary community and has been recognised for her services to the hospitality industry with an Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 and an honorary doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast
In May 2018, she catered the private wedding reception for the Royal
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
She has appeared on MasterChef, Netflix’s The Final Table, Great British Menu, James Martin’s Saturday Morning and The Late Show as well as numerous international demos across the world. She has also been featured in publications across the globe including Vogue, the Times, Elle a Table, Time magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, GQ and Bloomberg.
Clare lives in South West London with her husband Grant and their West Highland Terrier, Storm.