Dominique Crenn’s critically acclaimed restaurant Atelier Crenn has been awarded three Michelin stars, making the chef/owner the first female chef in the United States to earn that distinction.
“It’s amazing,” Crenn told the New York Times. “Amazing for my team at Bar Crenn and especially at Atelier Crenn. I’m humbled. We worked so hard for so many years and this is a dream. Today we’re celebrating, but tomorrow we go back to work.”
Three stars were also awarded to Single Thread in nearby Healdsburg, which is just two years old. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Atelier Crenn and Single Thread now bring the total number of Bay Area restaurants with three Michelin stars up to eight, as they join The French Laundry, Manresa, Quince, the Restaurant at Meadowood, and others.
The recognition is a major rebuke to the organization behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which earlier this year snubbed Atelier Crenn just two years after naming chef Crenn the Best Female Chef of 2016 and ranking her restaurant at No. 83.