The Pressure’s on! Clare Smyth Returns to the ‘MasterChef Australia’ Kitchen

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British chef Clare Smyth is back for MasterChef Australia: Secrets and Surprises, and we couldn’t be happier. In tonight’s episode, our bottom three contestants from last night’s mystery box will go head to head in an epic pressure test set by Smyth.

In order to secure their spot in the MasterChef Australia 2023 Top 6, our contestants will have to recreate one of Smyth’s dishes from her Sydney restaurant, Oncore. They’ll have five hours to complete the challenge, but we’ll say goodbye to the contestant whose dish is least like Smyth’s.

Who Is Clare Smyth?

Clare Smyth is yet another superstar name added to the already stacked lineup of guest judges we’ve seen on MasterChef Australia this year, 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. Oh, and just casually, she cooked at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. No biggie, right? Additionally, Core was the first restaurant to enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect 10 out of 10 score.

With a resume that extensive and impressive, the MasterChef contestants are sure to feel the pressure, and it’s a feeling Smyth is likely familiar with. After all, she 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 for a time. Although the pair are no longer together, Smyth has said that she still counts Ramsay as a friend and mentor.

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

Clare Smyth Restaurants in Australia

For Australians keen to check out Clare Smyth’s food — without the cost of flying all the way to the UK — her restaurant Oncore is located in Sydney.

“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: Secrets and Surprises airs at 7.30 pm, Sunday — Thursdays, only on 10 and 10 Play on Demand. Miss an episode? Catch up on 10 Play.

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