HUBLOT WELCOMES THREE MICHELIN STAR CHEF CLARE SMYTH AS FRIEND OF THE BRAND
Hublot is delighted to announce that Clare Smyth MBE, the first and only British female chef to hold three Michelin stars in the UK, has joined the Hublot family.
Pioneering chef Clare Smyth has attracted world-renowned accolades and admiration for her ability to transform the finest local produce into globally acclaimed cuisine. Smyth’s restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, which she opened in the heart of Notting Hill in August 2017, exemplifies the spirit of innovation and excellence championed by Hublot. While offering a relaxed dining experience, Core by Clare Smyth has attracted the most prestigious accolades in fine dining by reinventing the best British produce and delivering a new, world-renowned experience. Core by Clare Smyth was the first restaurant to enter the Good Food Guide with a perfect 10 score, and in just three years was awarded three Michelin stars, with Clare becoming only the fourth British chef ever to achieve this honour in 2021.
“At Hublot we work and think according to our motto ‘to be first, be unique, be different’, and we are proud to welcome Clare who so strongly embodies this ethos in her work in the UK and beyond. Cooking for and sharing meals with my loved ones is a source of great enjoyment, and I am delighted to celebrate a new Friend of the Brand from the world of gastronomy. ”
The Art of Fusion
Hublot's mastery of ‘The Art of Fusion’ is most evident in our tradition of innovation. From the first use of rubber in fine watchmaking, to creating new precious alloys such as scratch-proof Magic Gold. Hublot has consistently pioneered by discovering new purposes for materials and boldly combining them. In Clare's reinvention of the British potato in her signature dish, 'Potato and Roe', she elevates a humble staple of British produce to the pinnacle of haute cuisine with imagination and ingenious care. In this bold reinvention we are proud to see an affinity with both ethos and approach to watchmaking tradition.
Meticulous expertise and a passion for fine artistry, blended together with time, are the ingredients of both gourmet cuisine and Haute Horlogerie. Precise timing is essential for chefs and patrons alike from the moment of ordering, plating up on the pass, and through to service. On entering the dining room, guests at Core by Clare Smyth will see proudly displayed in the centre of the kitchen a Hublot Classic Fusion wall clock; the heart of the restaurant beats to Hublot time.
“Having been a fan of Hublot for some time, I am delighted to join the family. I admire the bold forward thinking and creativity underpinned with precision and expertise that makes Hublot so extraordinary.”
Clare joins Hublot’s growing family of culinary partners, with three Michelin star chefs Yannick Alléno, Andreas Caminada and Paul Pairet partnering with the Swiss luxury watchmaker. Clare Smyth was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 for services to the hospitality industry, and has been honoured to cook for some highly prestigious guests and at events including the Royal Wedding reception of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in 2018.
Her soaring reputation has also attracted many television appearances including MasterChef, Netflix’s The Final Table, BBC’s Great British Menu, and The Late Show. Clare was also awarded World’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, as well as the Chef of the Year Award at the National Restaurant Awards in 2019. In 2020, Clare announced her plans to open a new restaurant at a stunning location in Sydney in 2021. OnCore by Clare Smyth will overlook one of the most beautiful sites in the world, with a continued emphasis on sustainable food by harnessing the extraordinary local produce Australia has to offer.
Hublot continues to champion British excellence
Hublot is also delighted to form a connection with another leading light in the UK, joining Brand Ambassadors, Friends of the Brand and partners such as Dina Asher-Smith in the world of athletics, cricketer Kevin Pietersen, designer Samuel Ross and Chelsea Football Club.
Celebration of a new partnership
To mark the occasion, Clare hosted some of Hublot’s VIP clients and a selection of British press at Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill on Monday 21st June. Clare plated up a four-course menu consisting of consisting of Scottish langoustine, English wasabi and rose geranium, poached Cornish seabass, "Beef and Oyster" and a special golden Hublot edition of the Core-teser, while wearing the Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Blue, which she recently chose at Hublot's flagship boutique on New Bond Street.