Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters


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Penguin Press
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5.8 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Dominique Crenn is the chef/owner of Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, and Bar Crenn. Highly celebrated as the first female chef in the United States to receive three Michelin stars, Crenn focuses on cuisine as a craft and the community as an inspiration. Adopted and raised in Versailles, France, she began her formal culinary training when she moved to San Francisco in 1990 and worked under luminaries Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz. As an active member of the culinary community, Crenn is passionate about promoting innovation, sustainability, and equality.


"The book opens in an orphanage near Paris, and from the very first sentence to its powerful end, the chef spins a fascinating, tumultuous and ultimately triumphant tale. Brava Dominique!" --Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums

"Dominique Crenn is a hero to so many of us, both inside and out of the restaurant industry. She has unlimited courage to always follow her own path, to carve her own way in the world. This book, and Dominique's whole life, show that everything and anything is possible if you believe in yourself and you keep pushing forward, always forward. Dominique represents the very best that chefs can be ... her mentorship, her creativity, her endless humanity are where we should all find inspiration for the future."--José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup and founder of World Central Kitchen

"Unlike those of us chefs who came meekly into the world of professional kitchens, blinking and panicked, Dominique Crenn appeared self-possessed, knives drawn, skewering her way to a career that exhaust's all superlatives. In Rebel Chef, she is as original and disarming on the page as she is behind the stove. This is a fascinating tale of an extraordinary half-life."--Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and author of The Third Plate

"Chef Dominique Crenn is a trailblazer and by far one of the best chefs in the world. Her stories are truly an inspiration. In Rebel Chef, Crenn gives you a little taste of what her journey was like in the culinary space. Keep inspiring us with your work, Chef!"--Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur of Red Rooster Harlem

"Chef Dominque Crenn is known for combining flavors and re-contextualizing ingredients to tell stories on the plate. In Rebel Chef, she embarks on a different form of narrative and shares the story of her life. It's a tale of resilience and self-agency, a memoir that underscores the value of perspective. It celebrates the virtue of seeing challenges as opportunities and failures as a chance to learn. Perhaps more than anything, this compelling book reveals its subject as a generous and adventurous spirt, a woman who has learned to embrace the unexpected and to treasure life, in the kitchen and beyond, as an enriching and largely unplanned journey."--Thomas Keller, chef/proprietor of The French Laundry

"A captivating life story of one of today's most influential chefs. Dominique is a force and true inspiration."--Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin

"Dominique Crenn is one of the most creative and thoughtful people I know in the food world, and her memoir is everything I'd hoped for: a candid account of her evolution from French orphan to nine-year-old family cook to history-making chef - and outspoken advocate for change in her profession and beyond."--Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking and Keys to Good Cooking

"Add the indomitable Dominque Crenn to the list of modern day big thinkers and life coaches. Her story is nothing short of remarkable. A chef, poet, artist, anarchist, activist, a mother, a daughter...the wisdom that jumps off every page makes me so grateful to call this beautiful human being my friend. When every opportunity in life inspires a question and then an adventure, when problems become invitations, when success is measured by the love in one's life you have just a hint at what is unveiled one page at a time in this must read autobiography." --Andrew Zimmern

"The road to becoming a chef is not just about ingredients and techniques but even more about finding one's voice. Rebel Chef tells the tale of a young woman on her reach for identity through food, community, and love. Thank you, Dominique, for sharing." --Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of Osteria Francescana