Delight for Northern Ireland chef Clare Smyth as she gains two Michelin stars
The Bushmills chef who catered for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding has won two Michelin stars in her first attempt with her own restaurant.
Clare Smyth previously became the first British woman to run a restaurant with three stars when she was heading Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London.
But yesterday her debut solo restaurant, Core, entered the coveted guide with two stars after she launched the eaterie in Notting Hill, west London, last year.
The accolade comes after Ms Smyth cooked at Harry and Meghan's private wedding reception in Frogmore House, Windsor.
She said she was "delighted" by the announcement, and "so proud of my amazing team".
Meanwhile, two Belfast restaurants - Deane's EIPIC in Howard Street and Ox in Oxford Street - have retained their Michelin star status for 2019.