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Rebel Chef
In Search of What Matters
By (author): Dominique Crenn By (author): Emma Brockes
Dominique Crenn , Emma Brockes

Imprint:

Penguin Press

ISBN:

9780735224742

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General Trade
Jun 09, 2020
$37.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.27in x 6.25 x 0.88 in | 0.99 lb

Page Count:

256 pages

Illustrations:

B&W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Penguin Press
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Culinary
The inspiring and deeply personal memoir from highly acclaimed chef Dominique Crenn

When Dominique Crenn was awarded three Michelin Stars in 2018 for her influential San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn, she became the first female chef in the United States to receive three stars - no small feat for someone who hadn’t gone to culinary school or formally trained in French kitchens. In REBEL CHEF, Crenn reflects on her untraditional coming of age as a chef, beginning with her childhood in Versailles where, as the adopted daughter of a politician, she was emboldened to be curious and independent, and to find her own voice. She was exposed to fine dining from a young age, and a family friend, a restaurant critic, encouraged her to see the story behind the food. But at 21, after deciding to become a chef, she found it to be a near impossible dream in France, where men dominated the kitchens. Never one to be told no, Crenn moved to San Francisco to work under the legendary Jeremiah Tower. It was there that her training began.

But there is another reason Crenn has always felt free to pursue her own unconventional course. Adopted as a toddler, she didn’t resemble her parents, or even look traditionally French. Growing up she often felt like an outsider, and was haunted by a past she knew nothing about. But after years of working to fill this blank space, Crenn recognized this duality as a source of strength, one which gives her the power to be whoever she wants to be.

Filled with stories from the years Crenn spent working in the male-centric world of professional kitchens, tracking her career as she becomes the first female executive chef in Indonesia, competes on Iron Chef, and is featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, while at the same time speaking out on restaurant culture, sexism, immigration, and climate change, REBEL CHEF is a disarmingly honest and revealing look at one woman’s evolution from a daring young chef to a respected activist. At once a tale of personal discovery and a tribute to unrelenting determination, as one woman makes a place for herself in the kitchen, and in the world.

Story Locale: France; San Francisco, CA

RISING STAR: In 2018, Crenn became the first woman in the US to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide, and in 2016, she was named “the World’s Best Female Chef” by the World’s 50 Best. Critics have predicted that she will become one of the world’s most influential chefs in the coming decades.

INSPIRING: Crenn is hardworking and determined. She never attended culinary school, and with only basic culinary skills, she talked her way into a job cooking at Stars under Tower. Readers will be struck by her persistence and perseverance, the risks she is willing to take, and her resilience, even in the face of serious illness.

DEEPLY PERSONAL: Crenn discusses her adoption and her ongoing search for information about her birth mother, her sexuality and coming out to her family, her father’s death, and her recent cancer diagnosis. She is remarkably open about her life.

HUGE PLATFORM: Crenn has been profiled in the New York Times, Food and Wine, and on NPR; she has been honored by the French government, delivered a TED Talk, lectured at Harvard, spearheaded a movement of chefs to restore agriculture in Haiti, and, recently, launched a campaign to tackle climate change.

INSIDE THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY: As a leading woman in what remains a male-dominated field, Crenn wrestles with designations like “Best Female Chef,” and openly discusses the sexism that pervades the restaurant business.

BORN LEADER: Thoughtful, generous, and authoritative, Crenn leads by example. A very serious chef with a very playful personality, she is a force to be reckoned with, and she aims to inspire her employees in her own kitchen, as well as those who come to her restaurant.

Dominique Crenn is a French chef best known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Atelier Crenn. Adopted and raised in Versailles, France, she began her formal culinary training when she moved to San Francisco in 1988 to work under luminaries Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz. As an active member of the culinary community, Crenn promotes innovation, sustainability, and equality, through her collaboration with various panels and summits.

Author Residence: San Francisco

Author Hometown: Versailles, France

Marketing: National advertising campaign

Comprehensive online and social media campaign

Promotion through restaurant Atelier Crenn and Dominique’s social media profile

Outreach to food bloggers and food Instagrammers

Library promotions



Publicity: National media attention

Author tour

National and regional review and feature coverage

NPR campaign

Food and culture print and broadcast media

Podcast and online coverage

Op-eds at publication



Author Social Media: @dominiquecrenn: 23.1k followers on Twitter, 268k followers on Instagram

“In a delectable memoir marked by the same elegance that earned her international foodie renown, Crenn chronicles her journey from a childhood amid the lush farmland and wild coast of Brittany, to establishing an all-women kitchen in Indonesia, to taking the machismo out of Californian cuisine.” —O Magazine

“Chef Dominique Crenn pens a deeply personal and moving memoir that will leave you inspired in more ways than one. Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters is an honest account of her untraditional coming-of-age story, her relentless courage to fight sexism in a male-dominated industry, and her evolution from orphan to chef to activist—and being the first woman in the United States to be awarded three Michelin stars for her restaurant Atelier Crenn.” —CNN.com

“[A] high-spirited memoir . . . Crenn’s story is one of accomplishment, empowerment, entrepreneurship and resilience . . . Straightforward and candid and written in spare, warm prose . . . this memoir provides a glimpse into an extraordinary artist who lives fully on her own inspiring terms.” San Francisco Chronicle

“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’s new book, Rebel Chef: In Search Of What Matters, takes the reader on a wonderful journey full of magical moments, heartbreaking knockdowns, and ultimately a tremendous victory. Her cooking is, as she writes, 'an act of communication and caring' and Rebel Chef is exactly that.” —Nancy Silverton, chef, owner of Mozza Restaurant Group, and founder of La Brea Bakery

“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

“This is a book of journeys: from France to San Francisco (with riveting detours), from her early appreciation of food to mastering the craft, from young girl to all-around badass . . . Dom Crenn delivers a memoir inspiring EVERYONE. Bon courage! —Brooke Baldwin, CNN Newsroom

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