San Francisco Chef Becomes First Woman in US to Receive 3 Michelin Stars - NBC Southern California

San Francisco Chef Becomes First Woman in US to Receive 3 Michelin Stars

Three stars signify "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey"

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    Bay Area Chef Makes History

    San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn became the first female chef in U.S. history to be awarded three Michelin Stars. The Bay Area has the most Michelin rated three-star restaurants in the country.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2018)

    A San Francisco chef is the first woman in the United States to be awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide.

    Dominique Crenn celebrated the honor on Instagram Thursday with her staff at Atelier Crenn, posting a video captioned, "congratulations to my amazing team." The video shows her jumping up and down with glee and hugging her team as she learned the news.

    It was not the only honor for Crenn in Michelin's Bay Area guide. Michelin also awarded one star to her new wine bar, Bar Crenn.

    One star means "a very good restaurant," while three stars signify "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey."

    Michelin's international director Gwendal Poullennec tells The Mercury News it sends a "very positive message." Poullennec says Michelin hopes "it will lead to more women operating their own restaurants."

    The Bay Area has the most restaurants with three Michelin stars in the country.