Dominique Crenn is the co-owner and chef of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, where artistry is at the forefront, cuisine is a craft, and the community is an inspiration. “Atelier” can be defined as a workshop or studio, a concept that drives Chef Crenn’s modern vision for fine French cuisine. Her highly distinctive French heritage and imaginative gastronomic lair behind the stove at Atelier Crenn is a clear reflection of her unique life story.
In the summer of 2023, Crenn opened the highly anticipated Golden Poppy, her first Paris restaurant.
Crenn and her teams were featured on Netflix’s second season of the popular Netflix series Chef’s Table. Crenn was nominated in 2016 and 2017 by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chefs in America and received recognition from World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, Atelier Crenn debuted at no. 83 on the organization’s list of the world’s best restaurants, in 2018 Crenn was honored with the award for Best Chef: West by The James Beard Foundation, and in 2019 Atelier Crenn was named to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants at no. 35. In 2021, Chef Crenn was honored with the World’s 50 Best Icon Award.
Crenn continues to be an outspoken and active member of the international culinary community, promoting innovation, sustainability, and equality through her collaborations with the Basque Culinary Center and her frequent participation in various panels and summits. After years in the culinary world, Crenn has long since evolved from the little girl who sat and dined, entranced by the intricacies and beauty of fine cuisine, although it is still the memories of her childhood that continue to define and extend into her artistic culinary style.