San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn will be heading to the Cipriani Wall Street, NYC on June 13th to accept her World’s Best Female Chef 2016 award. The UK-based Restaurant Magazine confers this annual honor on the often un acknowledged brilliant female talent in the restaurant industry. Prior winners include Elena Arzak of Arzak San Sebastián, Spain Nadia Santini of Del Pescatore, Italy, Anne-Sophie Pic of Maison Pic, Valence, France, Helen Darroze, Paris, London and Helen Rizzo of Mani, Sao Paolo, Brazil. This is the first year since 2002 that the award ceremony will be not be held in London but in New York in an effort to make the event truly global to reflect its listing of restaurants around the globe. It’s coincidental that an American chef has been chosen to receive the Cacao Barry sponsored award this year that is voted by a 1000 strong panel of international industry experts. The award was announced by William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants who said, “We are proud and excited to announce Dominique Crenn as this year’s World’s Best Female Chef, celebrating her many achievements. Dominique is a distinguished and highly impressive chef, having already accomplished many firsts as a female cook, paving the way for future generations. Dominique’s passion for local produce, sustainability and dedication to the profession make her the perfect recipient of this award.”
Crenn responded to the news of the accolade by saying “It is a great honor to be chosen as The World’s Best Female Chef 2016 by my peers and the people I’ve had the pleasure to cook for. I’ve been inspired by many of the past winners of this award and so it’s a great pleasure to join their ranks and to hopefully motivate cooks around the world to work hard, be creative and achieve great things. I am proud to share this award with my chef family, the teams at Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, without whom this accolade would not be possible.”
Crenn began her career at Stars, Jeremiah Tower’s acclaimed restaurant in San Francisco in 1988 and came back full circle to the city she fell in love with to open Atelier Crenn , in the trendy Cow Hollow neighborhood of the city in 2011. Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” philosophy with beautiful plates on menus written as poems highlights the local, seasonal and sustainable produce of the region. Recognition of her talent and cuisine came quickly with the first Michelin star in 2011 followed by the second in 2012 making her the first female chef in the country with two stars. The latest accolade being another first also accompanies news of yet another as she will be on Season 2 of Chef’s table. Last week she also joined the prestigious International Council of Basque Culinary Center, San Sebastián as one of thirteen international chefs influencing cuisine internationally.
The French native graduated from Cours Charlemagne and Academy of International Commerce in Paris with degrees in Economics and International business before traveling the world on a food centered journey. The winner of the 2012 Food Network’s Iron Chef America is also the founder of “A Movable Feast”, a dinner series that pairs chefs with local farms to support CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture). Her interest in this area has led to her participation as a food activist on ‘Taste of the Nation’ and “Outstanding in the Field”. Her recently opened Petite Crenn is her second operation and her cookbook entitled”Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste” which provides an insight into her two Michelin star restaurant with its signature amuse bouche, the “Kir Breton.”