Chef Clare Smyth has announced she is leaving the Gordon Ramsay restaurant Chelsea, London, to open her own independent restaurant.
Smyth, who was a mentor for The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, has worked for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay since 2002 and is classed as one of the best chefs in London. She has retained three Michelin stars at the restaurant since taking over as head chef in 2007.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, Smyth said: “Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has been a big part of my life. I have a great fondness for the restaurant and the team, it has formed me into the chef that I am today and I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me. I also remain ambitious and want to build on my success.
“The natural way to do that is by opening my own restaurant and, with Gordon’s blessing and support, I am excited to embark on this new chapter. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has always been a melting pot for amazing talent and it continues to grow and produce some of the finest chefs in the UK.”
Smyth will be succeeded by Matt Abe who has worked at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant as head chef for two years. Smyth is expected to open her new restaurant in Autumn 2016.
Speaking about the changes, Gordon Ramsay said: ““It’s been fantastic watching Clare develop. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest chefs to have graced my kitchen and has now become the most prominent female chef of our generation. It’s the right time for her to take this next step and I am thrilled to be supporting her new venture. I am also delighted that Matt Abe will now be at the forefront of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. He is an incredibly talented young chef and I have no doubt he will rise to the occasion”.