Dominique Crenn crowned World's Best Female Chef, 2016
For the sixth consecutive year, the World's 50 Best Awards have crowned the finest female talent in the world of high-end cuisine. Already won previously by two French chefs — Hélène Darroze and Anne-Sophie Pic — this honorary prize adds another French name to its list of winners. Dominique Crenn grew up in the Paris area, but has strong links with her roots in France's coastal Brittany region. She built her reputation — and honed her cuisine — in San Francisco, USA. In 2011, she opened "Atelier Crenn," which was soon crowned with two Michelin stars. In this gastronomic restaurant, the chef gives pride of place to produce from the Bay Area and presents dishes like works of art, mirroring the paintings of her artistic father.
Dominique Crenn brings a poetic slant to her cuisine, describing it as "poetic culinaria." The menu, for example, is presented as a poem, taking diners strolling on the beach and walking in the woods. She also serves a Breton take on the classic Kir cocktail in a nod to her roots.
Her talent extends to a second restaurant with a more laid-back vibe, called "Petit Crenn."
Dominique Crenn started her career as a chef in the USA working under Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz. She gained her first Michelin star in 2009 in the kitchens of the Luce restaurant at the San Francisco InterContinental Hotel.
The French chef will receive her award on 13 June at the Cipriani Wall Street restaurant in New York USA, where the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016, will also be unveiled.
Photo taken from chef Dominique Crenn's Facebook page