Clare Smyth, a former pupil of Dunluce School in Bushmills, was the focus of a new TV programme called ‘Taste of Success’ on UTV this evening.
The programme charts the story of Clare Smyth, who lived on a farm in North Antrim, until leaving Northern Ireland at aged 16 to study at culinary college in England.
Claire served appenterships under many great chefs, then in 2002 she was offered a post at ‘Restaurant Gordan Ramsay’ working her way up to eventually becoming the head chef at the restaurant in 2007 and also the first female chef to run a three Michelin start restaurant.
She received an MBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘services to the hospitality industry’.
Eventually in 2016, Claire decided to take the risk and set up on her own, and opened the restaurant ‘Core’ based in the Notting Hill area in July 2017. A year later she was named World’s Best Female Chef by World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
But one of the standout achievements in recent years for Claire has to be, being invited to cook the wedding dinner for Prince Harry and Megan.
Core is currently a two Michelin Star restaurant, but the contributors to the programme, including Gordan Ramsey, that this is only the beginning of great things for the Northern Ireland chef.
The programme aired tonight (Friday 13th) on UTV, but will be available on the channels catch up service.