San Francisco chef first woman in US to receive 3 Michelin stars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP and KTVU) — 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 “congratulations to my amazing team.”

She tells KTVU, "I spoke to my mom today, and it was very emotional... I realize that now - today - I have a platform and that platform is for me to elevate others. It's not about me, it's about others."

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.”

Bay Area chefs also celebrated a collective victory. The 2019 Michelin Guide awarded the San Francisco Bay Area with the most three star ratings in the nation.