Celebrity Chef Dominique Crenn is known as a trailblazer for female culinary artists all over the world. Dominique was the first female chef in North America to earn 2 Michelin stars. She is also an advocate of the use of organic and sustainable local produce/ingredients in her dishes.
Dominique was born in Versailles, France and her cultured upbringing centered around fine-dining played a huge role in her unique culinary style that has since made her one of the top celebrity chef personalities on the west coast. During her many travels throughout Europe as a teenager, Dominique began to pick-up on the cooking styles and flavors of each region and how she could fuse the different ingredients and tastes.
In 1988, Dominique moved to San Francisco where she would work in some of the top eateries in the area including Park Hyatt Grill, 2223 Market and the Yoyo Bistro at the Miyako Hotel. She honed her skills in San Francisco for 9 years before moving to Indonesia to take a job as the executive chef of the International Hotel in Jakarta. Dominique was the first female executive chef in the entire history of Indonesia. That’s no small feat! Yet she moved back to San Francisco in 1998 after political turmoil broke out in the region.
Celebrity Chef Dominique Crenn has now settled into life on the west coast as the executive chef and owner of Atelier Crenn. In 2008, she was named Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year. And the accolades just keep on piling up. She is regularly nominated as one of the top chefs each year by the James Beard Foundation including her latest nomination in 2016 as Best Chef: West. Many may recognize her as a contestant on season 2 of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef cooking competition series.