Dominique Crenn is the first woman in the United States to receive Michelin’s three stars


The French-born chef’s restaurant, Atelier Crenn, has been praised for its innovative and artistic dishes since it opened in 2011.

Atelier Crenn’s elevation from last year’s two-star status was unanimous among Michelin reviewers for its “consistently top-quality experience,” said Gwendal Poullennec, Michelin Guide’s international director.

Crenn’s cuisine, he said, “displays a wonderful balance of grace, artistry, technical ability and taste.”

Crenn, whose small restaurant has only eight tables and offers a tasting menu for $335, is the fifth female chef currently in the world, helming a Michelin three-star establishment.

Other women who achieved this Michelin accolade are Carme Ruscalleda in Spain, Anne-Sophie Pic in France, Nadia Santini in Italy and Clare Smyth in Britain.

Atelier Crenn and Single Thread joined Benu, The French Laundry, Manresa, Quince, The Restaurant at Meadowood and Saison in Michelin’s top rating of San Francisco-area restaurants in its 2019 guide for their “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

“It’s amazing,” she said. “Amazing for my team at Bar Crenn and especially at Atelier Crenn. I’m humbled. We worked so hard for so many years and this is a dream. Today we’re celebrating, but tomorrow we go back to work.”
— In a telephone interview, Ms. Crenn was breathless