London’s only female chef — and the very first to operate a Michelin three-star restaurant — Clare Smyth grew up on an Irish farm, understanding early on the importance of fresh ingredients.

Moving to England to train as a chef at the age of 16, she worked with world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay, eventually rising to chef patron. It was here that Smyth earned her three-star status, which she held.

She opened her own restaurant, Core, in 2017, winning two stars in 2019.