“I stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the toughest kitchens in the world and excelled”– Clare Smyth

Before she reaches her 40th birthday in September, British chef Clare Smyth will have achieved more than most – an MBE for services to hospitality, an undisputed place as the first and only woman to run a three-Michelin-star restaurant in the UK and a host of accolades including the 2018 World’s Best Female Chef Award. But despite the fact that she remains perhaps the most successful chef of her gender in Britain, she is insistent that her job knows no difference in sex – and that the gender balance must change.

“We still have a real lack of women recognised at the top of the industry and we have to do something about that – we’re not going to change it by ignoring it,” says Smyth, who opened her debut restaurant Core by Clare Smyth in London last year. “Sometimes you have to go over the top by recognising women and giving them a platform so that we can really start to change things and recorrect the balance. There are lots of young women coming through in top kitchens across the globe and for me this award is for them.”

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