Clare Smyth, the chef who catered for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, has won her third Michelin star, making her the first British woman to win three of the prestigious award for her restaurant.
The chef’s London restaurant Core was awarded the third star in an online ceremony, reported Independent.
The virtual ceremony was presented by Davina McCall. The event acknowledged the challenges faced by the industry amid the pandemic and lauded those who offered food to the NHS staff and delivered top-quality food in takeaway boxes.
“It’s been my dream to achieve this level but I never imagined it could happen…Core opened three years ago and it was my passion since I was 16-years-old,” Smyth, who is a protege of chef Gordon Ramsay, was quoted as saying.
She added, “For the future, I hope young chefs – both male and female – have the chance to own a restaurant and achieve success. It’s an important message for now [given coronavirus].”
The chef had reportedly catered for the royal wedding at Frogmore House in 2018, where she prepared an organic menu including burgers with Wagyu beef and pork belly.
About her experience of working with the royals, she was further quoted as saying, “It couldn’t have been more perfect… it was completely surreal. They [the Duke and Duchess] were involved in the menu, it was very important to them… it’s a once in a lifetime thing so it’s nice to be a part in it.”
Meanwhile, French chef Helen Darroze, who runs a restaurant at The Connaught hotel in central London, was also awarded three stars.