The Atelier Crenn chef has become the first woman to helm a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the U.S.
Currently, only four U.S. cities are graced with Michelin Guides: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Though the addition of D.C. in 2016 no longer means that San Francisco is the smallest U.S. city to have a guide (and to be fair, San Francisco’s guide includes the entire Bay Area and wine country), the fact that the city has kept up its Michelin cred while Los Angeles has not is a testament to just how strong the region’s culinary scene is. This week, Michelin announced the stars for San Francisco’s 2019 guide, and suddenly, the city has even more bragging rights than before.
The biggest news from the new guide is that San Francisco has two new three-starred restaurants: Single Thread and Atelier Crenn. The area now has significantly more three-starred restaurants than any other U.S. city – yes, even New York. (The count is eight in the Bay Area compared to only five in NYC – thanks to the 2018 guide’s downgrading of Jean-Georges.) Meanwhile, Atelier Crenn’s elevation to its new three-star status comes with another noteworthy first: Chef Dominique Crenn is now the first female chef to have a three-Michelin starred restaurant in America – and one of just a handful of women to have that distinction worldwide.
Crenn’s achievement is likely especially satisfying as she’s been an active advocate for women in the restaurant business. “I’ve been vocal for many years about the need for inclusion in many things we do in my industry,” she told us earlier this year. “It’s taken such a long time for people to understand that maybe it’s the right thing to do.”
In total, the Bay Area now has 57 starred restaurants – its most ever. Here is the entire list…
The French Laundry
The Restaurant at Meadowood
Single Thread Farm
Auberge du Soleil
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Keiko a Nob Hill
Sons & Daughters
State Bird Provisions
The Village Pub