Clare Smyth set to leave Ramsay to open own restaurant

The Chef Patron at the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is set to launch her own London site.
After 11 years at the restaurant, Clare Smyth has announced plans to go it alone and set up her own base in the capital by next autumn. Smyth is currently searching for a suitable location for the new restaurant, but the undertaking already has the backing of Ramsay.
The celebrity Chef said: “It’s been fantastic watching Clare develop. She is undoubtedly one of the greatest Chefs to have graced my kitchen and has now become the most prominent female Chef of our generation.
“It’s the right time for her to take this next step and I am thrilled to be supporting her new venture.”
Smyth is set to continue to act as a Consultant Chef to the Gordon Ramsay Group in the coming months, while Matt Abe will continue to be Head Chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – a role he has held for two years. He will work alongside Ramsay and James Petrie, the Group Development Chef.
The news follows a busy period for Ramsay with three Head Chefs jobs being filled at the group in recent weeks.
Taking the top job at Heddon Street Kitchen and overseeing a 15-strong team is Paul Croasdale, who has previously been Head Chef at Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern alongside Executive Chef Phil Carmichael, as well as working at the Michelin-starred Longridge in Preston and Atlantic Hotel in Jersey.
Meanwhile Behzad Gotla will become the new Head Chef at the Maze Grill in Mayfair after working in the likes of Le Monde and the Apex Hotel’s Aqua restaurant.
Finally, Andrew Winstanley will head up the kitchen at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after a career that has seen him hold the Executive Chef job at the De Vere Group and work on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
By Owen Mckeon
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