Former Dunluce pupil is world’s best female chef!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Former Dunluce pupil is world’s best female chef! thumbnailClare Smyth

A FORMER Dunluce student has won the Elit Vodka World's Best Female Chef Award 2018.
And local Sinn Fein Cllr, Cara McShane, has vowed to propose a Council reception to mark her success.
Clare Smyth, chef patron at Core in London's Notting Hill, was awarded the accolade ahead of the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain in June.
Clare, who grew up on a farm in Co.Antrim, is the first British woman to win the Best Female Chef award.
Accepting the prestigious award, she said: "It's an absolute honour to receive the Elit Vodka World's Best Female Chef Award, particularly as the category is voted for by my peers and international food experts.
"This accolade is not for me but for all the women working in the hospitality industry around the world. I hope to use this platform to encourage and mentor more women to achieve success."
Clare was the first and only female chef in the UK to hold three Michelin stars, for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, formerly known as Royal Hospital Road, in Chelsea, London.
She worked with top chef Ramsay for more than 13 years before opening her own restaurant in Notting Hill neighbourhood in 2017.
 Clare left home at the age of 16 and has since worked in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world, including Alain Ducasse's renowned Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, where she won a 10/10 score in the Good Food Guide and five AA rosettes.
Clare, 39, was previously honoured with an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.
Along with her team at Core, the chef says she aims to create beautifully crafted dishes such as the 'Lamb carrot' and 'Potato and roe', often inspired by memories from her childhood back home in Northern Ireland.
 Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, added her congratulations and praise.
She said:"This is a great personal achievement for Clare and a proud time for her family as she continues to excel in this industry and to now win the world's best female chef is incredible.
“We are extremely honoured and privileged that Clare is from the North Antrim Coast and only a few miles from Ballintoy and the Giant's Causeway. She is a role model and an inspiration to young people growing up here. If you work hard, believe in yourself and keep persevering, you can achieve.
“Hopefully soon there will be no need for a separate female category for this prestigious title and that women are finally accepted as equals.
“I will be proposing that Causeway Coast and Glens Council holds a reception to recognise Clare's achievement, which will no doubt help trigger and inspire young entrepreneurs around our borough to also work hard and follow their dreams."


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