'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend': How Dominique Crenn became the only woman chef with three Michelin stars in US

Dominique Crenn has an impressive list of firsts to her name and is all set to bring the heat in the kitchen!


                            'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend': How Dominique Crenn became the only woman chef with three Michelin stars in US
Dominique Crenn on 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' (GREG GAYNE, NETFLIX)
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It's time to bring out the knives and crank up the heat, because 'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' is finally here -- and the pressure is on! With Challenger Chefs making their way to the Kitchen Stadium, the question is -- do they have what it takes to take on the likes of world-renowned chefs Curtis Stone, Marcus Samuelsson, Gabriela Camara, Dominique Crenn, and Ming Tsai? Looks like we'll have to wait to find out! 

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Who is Dominique Crenn?

Dominique Crenn is a French chef. Although she is Locronan, she was adopted at 18 months by a French couple from Versailles. Crenn's parents exposed her to a variety of food, seeing that her mother was a chef who often took her to dine at Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants while her father was a politician who had her join him when he dined at Michelin star restaurants. Crenn has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in international business. In the 1980s, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her culinary dreams and worked at restaurants such as Stars, Campton Place, 2223 Market, and Yoyo Bistro at the Miyako Hotel.

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Inside Crenn's culinary journey

Crenn has an impressive list of 'firsts' to her name -- she was Indonesia's first-ever female head chef at the restaurant in Intercontinental Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is currently the only woman chef in the USA with three Michelin stars, for her restaurant Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco, California.

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In a conversation with Fine Dining Lovers, Crenn expressed how she thinks cooking is an art. "I love to be a chef because it allows me to be an artist and it gives me the ability to speak to people using food as the vehicle," she said. "The possibilities are endless - you can use delicious ingredients and flavours in any way you please and in any combination. It just gives me such joy to create food as art," she explained.

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'Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend' premieres on June 15, 2022, only on Netflix.

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