Clare Smyth MBE — the chef behind two-Michelin-star restaurant Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill, London — will launch a venue at Crown Sydney in February 2021.

Smyth’s Australian debut will be influenced by its location on the Sydney harbour as well as the building’s architecture by Wilkinson Eyre. While Core will provide inspiration, the internationally acclaimed chef is planning to design a menu that reflects the city and its produce.

“With this new restaurant I wish to build upon the success of Core,” says Smyth. “The quality and diversity of the produce available in Australia is incredible. I look forward to spending a lot of time there 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.”

Before opening Core in 2017, Smyth worked under Gordon Ramsey for 13 years at his eponymous restaurant and has also trained at Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco. In 2018, she was awarded The World’s Best Female Chef Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Smyth has also appeared on Network Ten’s Masterchef Australia and Netflix’s The Final Table. 

The restaurant will be one of 14 venues set to open at the Barangaroo property. With the rest of the line-up currently under wraps, Crown Sydney chief operating officer Peter Crinis has revealed the development will feature Sydney’s local talent alongside heavyweights from around the globe.

“Part of being a truly global city, is having an innovative dining scene that showcases the latest food trends from across the globe but equally reflects the best that Sydney has to offer,” says Crinis. “We have hand selected the best in market — chefs that we believe showcase the latest and finest innovations in modern cuisine that will create unique dining experiences that we hope Sydney will be proud of.”

Photography: Food Story Media

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