Atelier Crenn, the avant garde, fine dining restaurant from chef Dominique Crenn, continues its upward trajectory by snagging a spot in the World's 50 Best Restaurants' Diner Discovery series, alongside five other U.S. Restaurants.
Since last year's 50 Best list was announced, Crenn has undergone a growth period that includes the release of her cookbook, the opening of Petit Crenn, abolishing tipping at Atelier Crenn and of course, maintaining two-Michelin star status along the way. And though the inclusion in the Diner's Discovery series actually precludes the restaurant from making this year's top 50 list, it could certainly be considered a move in that direction for the following year, stirring up speculation about the June announcement of year's winners along the way.
Essentially a "road to the 50 Best," the Diner's Discovery series showcases restaurants that have received votes from a panel that decides the World's 50 Best list, but haven't yet made their way onto it. For reference, the 2015 top 50 list included only one Bay Area restaurant, The French Laundry, which came in right at #50. Several others made the runners up list (51-100), including Saison (#56), The Restaurant at Meadowood (#72), Coi (#75) and Manresa (#100). Notably absent were the inclusion of two Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn and three Michelin-starred Benu. This year the gala announcements will make the move from London to NYC, a big leap for the Euro-centric list; it will be interesting to see the impact, if any, it has on the inclusion of more U.S. restaurants.
Separately, Atelier Crenn ranked #742 on La Liste, the rebuttal to the World's 50 Best Restaurants from France's Foreign Ministry. To put it in perspective, three Michelin-starred Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland ranked #1, followed by Per Se at #2.