Clare Smyth, the chef who ran Gordon Ramsay's three-Michelin-star flagship 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 Core, she has turned to 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.
Dishes include a whole carrot braised in lamb stock, a charlotte potato topped with trout and herring roe, and juicy scallops served on the half shell – see more dishes here.
Core has been lavished with praise since opening in Notting Hill last August, but was ineligible for the most recent Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland released a couple of months later.
Smyth will collect 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.
Find out more about Smyth and Core in the video below.