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Katianna Hong IN As Chef de Cuisine at Meadowood

She's the first-ever female CDC at a three-Michelin-starred U.S. restaurant.

After five years in the kitchen at The Restaurant at Meadowood, Katianna Hong has achieved a highly impressive honor: James Beard Award-winning executive chef Christopher Kostow just named her as the three-Michelin-starred restaurant's first ever chef de cuisine. As the Chron reports, the new title makes Hong the first and only woman to serve in that role at a three-Michelin-starred U.S. restaurant. (Things are slightly better at the two-star level in the Bay Area: Acquerello and Atelier Crenn boast female executive chefs, and Manresa has a female chef de cuisine.)

Hong, who trained as an Olympic-level gymnast before sustaining a career-ending injury as a teenager, has worked at every station in Meadowood's kitchen, rising from garde-manger to sous chef and even doing a stint in pastry. As Kostow's second-in-command, she'll be responsible for brainstorming dishes and coordinating the kitchen. "Kat has an intrinsic understanding of where the restaurant is going, and where it needs to go," Kostow told the Chron.

The Restaurant at Meadowood

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