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Netflix Chef’s Table star Dominique Crenn earns three Michelin stars; makes history in America

  •  The French chef became the first woman in the United States to earn three stars for her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn
  • She was snubbed earlier this year by the 50 Best Restaurants guide
PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 November, 2018, 11:01pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2018, 6:24am

French chef Dominique Crenn has become the first woman in the United States to earn three Michelin stars for her modernist San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn.

“It’s amazing recognition,” Crenn says. “Amazing for my team and all the work we have done over the years.”

Crenn says she has been celebrating, drinking rosé wine all day, and planning to party further with guests and her team. “Who knew that one day Dominique Crenn would get three Michelin stars with her team,” she says.

Crenn says she hopes her success will inspire young woman to push ahead with their dreams. “I tell them today, ‘You can do anything you want to do,’ it has nothing to do with gender. Go out there and just do it,” she says.

“Never let someone stand in your way.”

SingleThread, another restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, was also awarded three stars.

The Michelin Guide said in a statement that it was impressed by the food scene in the San Francisco area.

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“In particular, the teams at Atelier Crenn and SingleThread should be extremely proud, as our inspectors were very impressed by the quality of the produce used in the preparation of the dishes,” it said.

“This, along with their meticulous attention to detail, creativity, and dedication to delighting their customers, means they always offer diners a memorable and very enjoyable gastronomic experience.

“Without a doubt, they are definitely worth a special journey!”

The distinction bestowed on Crenn is a sweet rebuke for the 53-year-old chef, who was snubbed earlier this year by the 50 Best Restaurants guide.

Crenn, who grew up in France, says she inherited her interest in cuisine from her parents, who enjoyed fine dining.

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She began her formal kitchen training in San Francisco in 1988 and in 1997 moved to Indonesia, heading the kitchen at the InterContinental Hotel in Jakarta.

Atelier Crenn .. focus and intensity Photo credit: @laurentdupontphotographe

A post shared by Dominique Crenn (@dominiquecrenn) on Oct 25, 2018 at 9:14pm PDT

She moved back to California in 1998, working as executive chef at a Manhattan Beach restaurant for several years.

Atelier Crenn was launched in 2011, quickly earning its first Michelin star and a second in 2012.