An innovative and progressive chef who grew up in France and made a name for herself in San Francisco, Dominique Crenn is the first female chef in the United States to earn three Michelin stars, an honor that recognizes the highest level of culinary excellence and one that only eight women have received. When Crenn moved to San Francisco to work at the prestigious Campton Place Hotel in 1988, she quickly made a name for herself in the city’s culinary scene. In 2011, Crenn opened her restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood. Crenn has developed a unique and highly personalized style of cooking that blends her French roots with her love of California’s local ingredients. Beyond her cooking, Crenn is also a passionate advocate for sustainability and social justice. She has spoken out about the need for chefs to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their restaurants, and she works to support organizations that promote food justice and equality. Crenn will open her highly anticipated restaurant Golden Poppy this summer in Paris, her first in the city of lights.
*Photo via Getty