Clare Smyth Returns to the MasterChef Australia Kitchen

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British chef Clare Smyth is back for MasterChef Australia: Fans and Favourites, and we couldn’t be happier.

This season is already one that’s stacked with talent. Not only do we have the iconic judges in Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen, but we also have 12 returning competitors, the Favourites, who are back to compete in the MasterChef Australia kitchen once again.

There are some big names among the Favourites — like Sarah Todd — as well as three past winners in Julie Goodwin, Sashi Cheliah and Billie McKay, all back to take another swing at the win.

Smyth is yet another superstar name added to the already stacked lineup, and what a name she is.

Smyth is the first British woman to win three Michelin stars for her Notting Hill, London restaurant, Core. The culinary master was also named the World’s Best Female Chef at the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurants and, just casually, cooked at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In addition to all of that, Core was the first restaurant to enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10.

With a resume that extensive and impressive, the MasterChef contestants are sure to feel the pressure — a feeling Smyth is likely familiar with having worked at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV. In fact, Smyth was in a relationship with the famously ill-tempered Ramsay whom she still counts as her friend and mentor.

Smyth, who was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013, has previously served as a guest judge on Netflix’s The Final Table and has also previously appeared on MasterChef Australia.

For Australians keen to check out Smyth’s food without the cost of flying all the way to the UK, you can head to Crown Sydney where her restaurant Oncore is located.

“Crown Sydney is creating a world-class dining destination for the city, and I am thrilled to have my first Australian restaurant in this amazing location overlooking one of the most beautiful sites in the world,” Smyth says on the restaurant’s page.

“Having lived and travelled in Australia early on in my career, it feels like a home away from home and the perfect location for the restaurant.”

MasterChef Australia airs at 7.30pm Sunday-Thursdays, only on 10 and 10 Play on Demand.

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