Harry and Meghan's wedding chef wins two Michelin Stars

Harry and Meghan on their wedding day
Harry and Meghan on their wedding day

The chef who catered for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding has won two Michelin stars with her first attempt with her own restaurant.

Clare Smyth previously became the first British woman to run a restaurant with three stars, when she was heading Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

But her debut solo restaurant, Core, on Monday entered the coveted guide with two stars after she launched the eaterie in Notting Hill, west London, last year.

The accolade comes after Ms Smyth, from County Antrim, cooked for royalty at Harry and Meghan's private wedding reception in Frogmore House, Windsor.

Two other restaurants - London's Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs and Moor Hall, in Aughton, Lancashire - also won two of the prestigious stars.

County Cork saw success as three restaurants entered the guide with a star each: Chestnut, Mews and Ichigo Ichie.

Previously awarded an MBE, Ms Smyth has worked at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire.

Ramsay once controversially said many women "can't cook to save their lives", but Ms Smyth worked her way up to head his restaurant in 2008.

She previously told The Guardian her abilities were doubted because of her gender, and she had to "work twice as hard".

Now she tries to "inspire, rather than rule by fear".

Ms Smyth launched Core in August last year and serves plates celebrating British produce including jellied eels, Isle of Mull scallops and Morecambe Bay shrimps.

On Monday she said she was "delighted" by the announcement, and "so proud of my amazing team".