“Congrats to this absolute Rock star of Chef Royalty.”

Alex South

Alex South


3 Michelin-starred Chef Clare Smyth’s Oncore restaurant has picked up three hats at The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2023 Awards in Australia.

The achievement comes whilst Clare’s Core restaurant in London holds three Michelin stars, making her the second chef in history to hold both awards at the same time, with only the late French chef Paul Bocuse has also achieved this.


Commenting on their success, in a statement on social media, Oncore said: "We are humbled to be recognised by @GoodFoodAU with Three Hats at last night’s 2023 Good Food Guide Awards. To be nominated for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year @Alan.Stuart & @ChefClareSmyth and Service Excellence Awards @_Michael.Stoddart_ is a testament to the commitment of our team."

It added: "Thank you to our dedicated team who have strived for excellence over the past year, our producers and suppliers whose work helps us achieve the highest standards and our guests who have supported us throughout our journey."

In a post on Instagram congratulating Clare’s success, Oncore’s Head Chef Alan Stuart said: "Congratulations @chefclaresmyth only the second chef ever to hold 3 hats @goodfoodau and 3 Michelin stars @michelinguide after the late great Paul Bocuse. Amazing to be part of history like this. It's an honour to be able to bring your vision of hospitality to Australia."


A post shared by Alan Stuart (@alan.stuart)


Sat Bains, Chef Owner of the two Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains, said via social media: "Congrats to this absolute Rock star of Chef Royalty. Running 2 restaurants on the opposite side of the world gaining the highest accolades in both is a monumental feat of. Passion/fire/dedication/sacrifice/discipline/perseverance/skill/craft/teamwork and leadership. So proud of you @chefclaresmyth and your whole team. X To be the best you must surround yourself with the best. Well done."



Oncore’s Bar Manager and Assistant Restaurant Manager, Roean Patawaran said: "Extremely proud of this team @oncorebyclaresmyth and what we’ve accomplished in 1 year of operation. We set a goal from day one and smashed it out of the park under the guidance of @alan.stuart, @_michael.stoddart_ and @chefclaresmyth. Thank you to everyone that has joined us on this pursuit of excellence. Excited for what’s more to come!"

Clare, who’s based in the UK, flew to Sydney on Saturday evening especially for the event and surprising her team.

She was one of 350 chefs and restaurateurs who attended the awards ceremony at Shell House Dining Room & Terrace in the CBD.

Other chefs who attended the awards, hosted by Good Food Kitchen's Adam Liaw included Neil Perry, Matt Moran and Kylie Kwong.

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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 22nd November 2022

“Congrats to this absolute Rock star of Chef Royalty.”