Photo courtesy of Atelier Crenn
The World’s Best 50 Restaurants has named Dominique Crenn The World’s Best Female Chef 2016. The French-born chef is known for her flagship restaurant Atelier Crenn and the more casual Petit Crenn, both in San Francisco. Crenn was the first female executive chef in Indonesia and in 2012 she became the first female chef in the U.S. to receive two Michelin stars, according to a release.
Crenn says, “It is a great honor to be chosen as The World’s Best Female Chef 2016 by my peers and the people I’ve had the pleasure to cook for. I've been inspired by many of the past winners of this award and so it’s a great pleasure to join their ranks and to hopefully motivate cooks around the world to work hard, be creative and achieve great things. I am proud to share this award with my chef family, the teams at Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, without whom this accolade would not be possible.”
William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said, “We are proud and excited to announce Dominique Crenn as this year’s World’s Best Female Chef, celebrating her many achievements. Dominique is a distinguished and highly impressive chef, having already accomplished many firsts as a female cook, paving the way for future generations. Dominique’s passion for local produce, sustainability and dedication to the profession make her the perfect recipient of this award.”
The award for The World’s Best Female Chef highlights “extraordinary female chefs.” Close to 1,000 of the world’s toughest critics and most respected chefs vote to determine the winner. Crenn will be honored at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, which will be hosted in the United States for the first time in 14 years. It will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on June 13. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 will be announced at the ceremony, and one restaurant will be named The World’s Best Restaurant.