Today’s Iconic Woman is Dominique Crenn, a 3-star michelin rated chef. There are only 137 restaurants in the world that have 3 Michelin Stars, and only 15 in the USA - and Dominique Crenn’s flagship, Atelier Crenn, is the only one in America where the chef is a woman.
In 2011, she opened her own restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant a two-star rating - making Crenn the first ever female chef to receive two stars in the United States. Dominique went on to open Petit Crenn in 2015 and announced that she would be opening a third restaurant, a wine bar featuring small plates, shortly thereafter.
She was awarded the Best Female Chef in 2016 by World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, and in 2018, she opened her third restaurant Bar Crenn, which was awarded one Michelin star in its first year. She was then awarded her third Michelin Star for Atelier Crenn, meaning that she currently holds four total Michelin stars across her three restaurants.
This year, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Dominique has faced the crisis that many restauranteurs all around the world have faced… how to pivot their business when guests are unable to dine in. Between lockdowns and general safety concerns, Dominique announced a swift shift on March 15. She closed all of her restaurant dining rooms and orchestrated a massive switch to meal kits, takeout, and delivery across all her concepts. She and her team also began to feed healthcare workers on the front line.
Dominique says her core mission is “engaging with humanity,” and the coronavirus crisis has actually expanded this mission. She says quote “What I know is that America is an amazing country, and for me America is people coming together to help each other.”