Dominique Crenn is the first woman in the US to be awarded the top honor by the prestigious French restaurant guide for her restaurant Atelier Crenn
In November, three decades after arriving in San Francisco from France with no professional cooking experience or even training, Dominique Crenn got a lifechanging call from the Michelin Guide. Surrounded by staff, she answered the phone: “Ah, bonjour!”
First, she excitedly relayed the news that Bar Crenn, her 1930s Paris-inspired wine bar, had earned its first Michelin star. Then, her composure erupted into what can only be described as ecstasy. Jumping around sandwiched by staff members, she whooped and screamed.