Meet Dominique Crenn, Chef owner of Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn in San Francisco

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

First and unique female chef in America awarded three Michelin stars, Dominique is a Climate change activist and a strong believer in sustainable development and responsible gastronomy


Photo by Kelsey McClellan



You probably wouldn’t believe it if I told you that Dominique Crenn has never gone to culinary school. Her talent and pugnacity have brought her to the top of her profession as she was rewarded with the highest recognition offered by the Michelin Guide in 2018. French-born entrepreneur and owner of 3 restaurants in San Francisco as well as being a co-author of several books, Dominique is an inspirational leader.

A climate change activist, she owns a farm in Sonoma and she is a strong believer in sustainable development and responsible gastronomy. She's also a champion of gender equality in a male-dominated industry.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, needless to say she’s a fighter. Dominique is the kind of person that reminds you that the world would probably be in better shape if it had more pugnacious figures like her.

I feel so grateful that my path crossed hers and that I was able to have this inspirational talk with her during the Online Summit organized by French Founders to discuss the post-crisis rebound.


In this article she’s sharing her passion and convictions. We are honored to welcome Dominique to Chefs for Impact!



By Dominique Crenn as told to Chefs for Impact


What actions have you implemented since the lockdown?


“We have been fortunate enough to begin cooking for the community. We created the Crenn Kits, family meals that people can come and pick up from Atelier Crenn's front door. We are feeding our neighborhood and people in need.”


How do you see the post-coronavirus restaurant being like?