Dominique Crenn, the two Michelin-starred chef behind Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn, has been named the World's Best Female Chef, by San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
The chef, who is French, is the first recipient of the award with an American restaurant in quite a few years. Previous winners include Hélène Darroze (France), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), and Nadia Santini (Italy). There'll be an awards ceremony in NYC tonight (Wednesday, April 27) to honor the chef, who also won the title of Best Chef of the Year (ahem, no gender specification necessary) from Eater in 2015.
Today's announcement is a warm-up for the list's 2016 announcements that will take place in June. Interestingly, Atelier Crenn is out of the running for inclusion on this year's 50 Best list after making the "Diner Discovery" series in February, which is like a runner's up category. After winning this year's Best Female Chef title, though, 2017 seems like a real possibility for Atelier Crenn's inclusion on the list.
Crenn is also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef: West, (alongside Matthew Accarrino of SPQR and Corey Lee of Benu); winners will be announced on May 2, so stay tuned.