British chef Clare Smyth, who won three Michelin stars for the Core restaurant in London during the restrictions, opened the doors of Core to its guests with the reopening of cafes and restaurants in England on 17 May. Speaking to AFP, Smyth said, “We celebrated with a bottle of champagne and a pizza,”

After the restrictions were relaxed, Smyth’s three Michelin-starred restaurant Core announced that its reservations were full until August. The restaurant also began offering takeaway and delivery menus, “which worked really well,” Smyth says.

Britain’s newest winner of three Michelin stars, Clare Smyth poses for a portrait at her restaurant in west London on May 13, 2021. – During lockdown, British chef Clare Smyth won the ultimate accolade of three Michelin stars for her London restaurant and she is optimistic for the sector despite the current challenges. The 42-year-old from Northern Ireland in January 2021, became the first British woman chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. Only four British chefs have achieved this honour. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / To go with AFP story by Pauline FROISSART


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