Clare Smyth has achieved a lot during her career as a chef. Her London restaurant Core was awarded two Michelin stars, Smyth was named the World’s Best Female Chef at the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurants and she cooked at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Smyth also worked at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV (both three Michelin starred-restaurants), guest judged on Netflix’s The Final Table and, locally, appeared on MasterChef Australia. But expect to see a lot more of her soon — the highly lauded chef set to open her first Australian restaurant in Sydney next year.

Set to open in February 2021, the unnamed restaurant will be located in the Crown Sydney — yes, James Packer’s controversial $2.4 billion casino and hotel — which is also set to launch on that date.

While details on what exactly Smyth will be plating up are scarce for now, she says it’ll have a similar emphasis to Core on “sustainable food sourced from local farmers and food producers”. “The quality and diversity of the produce available in Australia is incredible.” Smyth said in a statement. “I look forward to spending a lot of time [in Australia] further exploring its food and wine regions to create our menu which will showcase the best produce sourced from Australia’s most dedicated farmers and food producers.”

Smyth’s Aussie venture will be just one of 14 bars and restaurants opening at the Barangaroo site, with the other big-name chefs set to be announced in the coming months. Details are firmly under wraps at the moment, but we’ve been told “some of the most exciting names in the culinary food scene” from Australia and abroad will be involved. We’ll let you know as soon as any more are announced.

Clare Smyth’s so far unnamed restaurant is set to open in Crown Sydney, Barangaroo in February 2021.

Top images: Core by Food Story Media

Published on January 30, 2020 by Samantha Teague