British chef Clare Smyth, who looked after Gordon Ramsay’s three-Michelin-star flagship restaurant in London for close to a decade before opening her own restaurant, Core, in the UK capital last year, has been named as the recipient of the elit Vodka World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Smyth was the first and only female chef to run a three star restaurant in the UK. At her restaurant Core, she chose for organic and sustainable suppliers to create a menu firmly focused on UK produce, inspired by her childhood, growing up on on a farm in County Antrim.
Some of the dishes in the menu are a whole carrot braised in lamb stock, a charlotte potato topped with trout and herring roe, and juicy scallops served on the half shell.
Core has been praised since opening in Notting Hill last August, but was ineligible for the most recent Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland released a couple of months later.
Smyth will be collecting her award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony on 19 June, which this year will be held in the Basque city of Bilbao.
Previous recipients of the award have included Ana Roš, Dominique Crenn Hélène Darroze.