Chef Dominique Crenn –

Dominique Creen

Dominique Creen est basée à San Francisco, elle fait partie des chefs les plus populaires des Etats-Unis, notamment grace à de nombreuses émissions de télévision à laquelle la chef a participé.

Meet Dominique Crenn, the World’s Best Female Chef


Dominique Crenn is an insanely talented chef who every food lover should know. The French chef’s creations at her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn earned her the title of World’s Best Female Chef 2016 at Monday night’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards.

Crenn stopped by TODAY on Monday to share some of her gorgeous desserts: White Chocolate Cheesecake Ribbons with Blueberries and Nun Puffs. Side note: Be sure to look up what “Nun Puffs” really mean —it’ll give you a good laugh.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Ribbons with Pistachio Crumble

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Crenn was the only woman chef to win an award Monday. While the award means a lot to her, it also shows how much work still needs to be done in the industry to recognize women chefs.

Dominique Crenn (right) chats with Matt and Savannah on TODAY

TODAY Dominique Crenn (right) chats with Matt and Savannah on TODAY


“I think this is wonderful for my team, for young women in the industry that look up to me; now they understand that anything is possible in life,” Crenn told TODAY. “And it’s also the start of a conversation about having female chefs in the best of the world [awards] and bringing unity in the industry and working together as one.”

Having a separate “female chef” category rather than recognizing more female chefs in the overall list has been controversial. But Crenn says that awards like this still matter.

“I think awards are very important because they are a platform to be able to speak up and to have a message,” she said. “The award doesn’t define you; I think it’s what you do with the award that does.”

She continued: “There are lots of amazing women in the kitchen, all over the globe. Focus on what we do. I will speak out about it every day, but I want the media to help me get the message out.”

Nun Puffs

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With Father’s Day around the corner, the chef, who also shared some of her life story on the second season of the Netflix docuseries “Chef’s Table,” told us her dad was her greatest influence. “He taught me about diversity, and respect and art also and philosophy,” said Crenn, whose restaurant menus are written as poetry.

Check out the full list of winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Brooke Sassman contributed to this story.



Awards Season San Francisco

Dominique Crenn Honored as ‘World’s Best Female Chef 2016’

by Apr 27, 2016, 11:10am

Patricia Chang Dominique Crenn


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced the honor


Dominique Crenn, the two Michelin-starred chef behind Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, has been named the World’s Best Female Chef, by San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The chef, who is French, is the first recipient of the award with an American restaurant in quite a few years. Previous winners include Hélène Darroze (France), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), and Nadia Santini (Italy). There’ll be an awards ceremony in NYC tonight (Wednesday, April 27) to honor the chef, who also won the title of Best Chef of the Year (ahem, no gender specification necessary) from Eater in 2015.

Today’s announcement is a warm-up for the list’s 2016 announcements that will take place in June. Interestingly, Atelier Crenn is out of the running for inclusion on this year’s 50 Best list after making the “Diner Discovery” series in February, which is like a runner’s up category. After winning this year’s Best Female Chef title, though, 2017 seems like a real possibility for Atelier Crenn’s inclusion on the list.

Crenn is also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef: West, (alongside Matthew Accarrino of SPQR and Corey Lee of Benu); winners will be announced on May 2, so stay tuned.

Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 415-440-0460

Petit Crenn
609 Hayes rue
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415-864-1744


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