‘I would never let anyone else ruin my opportunities’: Harry and Meghan’s wedding chef reveals how she beat the culture of bullying in kitchens – thanks to her mentor Gordon Ramsay
- Clare Smyth was in charge of the menu at the royal wedding reception
- Gordon Ramsay protégé’s said bullying used to be rife in professional kitchens
- Was Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey and held three Michelin stars
- Said Gordon is different to how he’s portrayed on TV and is ‘easy’ to work for
Chef Clare Smyth, who catered for Harry and Meghan’s evening reception, has revealed how she overcame kitchen bullies to be crowned the best chef in the world.
The Northern Irish chef, 40, who received the accolade at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants gala in June, revealed how her mentor Gordon Ramsay was instrumental in helping her overcome the culture of bullying that was once rife in professional kitchens.
She became chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey in 2007 and said the notoriously fiery TV star is very different on person to how he’s portrayed on screen.
‘One of the things Gordon told me was “don’t worry about me, don’t worry about other people, focus on yourself”,’ she told the Irish Independent.
She explained that although the focus is now, thankfully, on the love of food, bullying and fear used to be the ‘normal culture’ in kitchens she worked in all over the world, but she refused to let it get to her.
‘I would never have left, I would never have let anyone else ruin what I wanted or ruin my opportunities,’ she explained.
Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth, 40, pictured at her London restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth in North Kensington, has revealed how she overcame the culture of bullying and fear that used to exist in professional kitchens
‘It was very important to them’: Clare said Meghan and Harry were heavily involved in menu planning ahead of their big day, which was attended by A-list movie stars and world-class athletes, as well as members of Harry’s royal family
She insists her former boss was ‘very easy’ to work with as you would always know where you stand with him.
‘There’s always going to be shouting in kitchens, but it’s never bullying, it’s always about the food, it’s always for a reason. It was never picking on someone for no reason,’ she explained.
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Clare previously described catering for Harry and Meghan’s evening reception at Frogmore House as a ‘surreal’ experience.
‘The fairytale story was my lasting memory from the wedding,’ she told Hello!. ‘It couldn’t have been more perfect… it was completely surreal.’
Wise advice: When Clare became Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Patron, he told her not to worry about him or those around her but to focus on herself and doing the best job
Harry and Meghan’s chosen wedding caterer Clare Smyth (seen with the head chef at her Core by Clare Smyth restarurant in Kensington, Jonny Bone, left, and her mentor Gordon Ramsay, right), said the notoriously fiery TV chef is ‘easy’ to work for
Clare, who became the first woman to hold three Michelin stars when she presided over Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant on Royal Hospital Road, called the couple ‘just brilliant’.
‘They were involved in the menu, it was very important to them… it’s a once in a lifetime thing so it’s nice to be a part in it,’ she told the magazine.
Clare is believed to have prepared an organic menu that included posh burgers with Wagyu beef and pork belly for guests invited to the Frogmore House reception following Harry and Meghan’s spectacular ceremony on May 19th.
Not only was she tasked with catering the royal wedding in the spring, Clare was also this year awarded two Michelin stars for her London restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth in North Kensington.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding day menu was ‘very important to them’, according to the Northern Irish chef, who has just been presented with two Michelin stars for her London restaurant Core by Clare Smyth
Clare Smyth, seen in Monaco in 2012, was the first woman to hold three Michelin stars when she presided over Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road restaurant, and now her own venture – which she opened in London last August – has two of its own
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