Rebel Chef
The inspiring and deeply personal memoir from highly acclaimed chef Dominique CrennBy the time Dominique Crenn decided to become a chef, at the age of twenty-one, she knew it was a near impossible dream in France where almost all restaurant kitchens were run by men. So, she left her home and everything she knew to move to San Francisco, where she would train under the legendary Jeremiah Tower. Almost thirty years later, Crenn was awarded three Michelin Stars in 2018 for her influential restaurant Atelier Crenn, and became the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor - no small feat for someone who hadn't gone to culinary school or been formally trained.In Rebel Chef, Crenn tells of her untraditional coming-of-age as a chef, beginning with her childhood in Versailles where she was emboldened by her parents to be curious and independent. 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 has embraced the power her history gives her to be whoever she wants to be.Here is a disarmingly honest and revealing look at one woman's evolution from a daring young chef to a respected activist. Reflecting on the years she spent working in the male-centric world of professional kitchens, Crenn tracks her career from struggling cook to running one of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, while at the same time speaking out on restaurant culture, sexism, immigration, and climate change. At once a tale of personal discovery and a tribute to unrelenting determination, Rebel Chef is the story of one woman making a place for herself in the kitchen, and in the world.

Rebel Chef Details

TitleRebel Chef
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherPenguin Press
ISBN-139780735224742
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Food and Drink, Food, Biography, Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Biography Memoir, Foodie, Cooking

Rebel Chef Review

  • Bonnie DeMoss
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars, rounded up to 4.Rebel Chef is the story of Dominique Crenn, from her adoption and childhood in France to owning her own restaurant and finding success in America. She shares personal stories without holding back, and it is interesting to read. I'm a fan of food, and at first it seemed to me that there were plenty of stories about Crenn's personal life, and not enough about food and her career as a chef. However, the last 30 percent of the book made me happy as she talked a lot about m 3.5 Stars, rounded up to 4.Rebel Chef is the story of Dominique Crenn, from her adoption and childhood in France to owning her own restaurant and finding success in America. She shares personal stories without holding back, and it is interesting to read. I'm a fan of food, and at first it seemed to me that there were plenty of stories about Crenn's personal life, and not enough about food and her career as a chef. However, the last 30 percent of the book made me happy as she talked a lot about menu choices and the food she serves in her restaurant. There is a small section that gets a little preachy about food choices.If you love biographies and food, you will enjoy this book. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers and Netgalley. My review is voluntary.
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  • Hope
    January 1, 1970
    Dominique Crenn's life is fascinating and this autobiography is moving and unapologetic. It was an honor to narrate the audiobook version, especially since it meant I got to read twice, once in prep and once aloud. Made me want to fly across the world to San Francisco as soon as I am able to taste all of chef's delicious-sounding, artistic, and ethical creations.
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  • Yichao
    January 1, 1970
    A book I have been looking forward to for years. It didn’t disappoint, and I was truly moved. Her struggles, her dreams, her beliefs, and her heart — beautiful and inspiring. Reading this memoir has been a privilege.
  • Marian
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy memoirs and if there's food involved, I'm all in -- so it was only natural that I was drawn to reading Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters. Having seen a profile of Dominique Crenn on Netflix's Chef's Table, I was curious to read her life story. Crenn is a risk taker and someone whose curiosity continuously moves her in new and often challenging directions.Rebel Chef is a quick read, and Crenn's voice and her straightforward tone come through clearly. She's a "what you see is what you I enjoy memoirs and if there's food involved, I'm all in -- so it was only natural that I was drawn to reading Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters. Having seen a profile of Dominique Crenn on Netflix's Chef's Table, I was curious to read her life story. Crenn is a risk taker and someone whose curiosity continuously moves her in new and often challenging directions.Rebel Chef is a quick read, and Crenn's voice and her straightforward tone come through clearly. She's a "what you see is what you get" kind of person and being fearful is just not in her playbook. And since she isn't a person who has a Plan B in her pocket, she will simply adjust herself if Plan A doesn't materialize.While a large part of the book focuses on Crenn's culinary career, she and co-author Emma Brockes also chronicle Crenn's early years in France, and it is very evident that Crenn's adoptive parents played a huge role in the person she became. I came away admiring Crenn's strong work ethic as well as her insights on life, and as she writes, "Life is strange and one can only be grateful."Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Press for this ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) in exchange for my honest review. #RebelChef #NetGalley
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this, but it felt like she was holding something back. There was just some personal element that was missing. An interesting life story nonetheless.
  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    What a life! It's hard to review memoirs because it sometimes feels as thought you are revising the writer's life and life choices. That's not the case here. Crenn is the first female chef in the US to be awarded three Michelin stars but she's so much more. This charts her growth from France through Asia and back to California, primarily San Francisco. Her love for her parents is palpable. Foodies will like this for insight into an important voice in the restaurant world- she's taken meat off th What a life! It's hard to review memoirs because it sometimes feels as thought you are revising the writer's life and life choices. That's not the case here. Crenn is the first female chef in the US to be awarded three Michelin stars but she's so much more. This charts her growth from France through Asia and back to California, primarily San Francisco. Her love for her parents is palpable. Foodies will like this for insight into an important voice in the restaurant world- she's taken meat off the menu but it's also a story of a strong minded and determined woman. Her focus on her staff and mentoring is especially admirable. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. I'm hopeful for her future and looking forward to one day eating in one of her establishments.
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  • Dominique
    January 1, 1970
    3.8 this book’s naming is inaccurate in my opinion. A rebel chef to me seems like someone who has a chip on their shoulder and will take on the world. Dominique feels much more like a Zen chef. Who through her zen like approach was able challenge industry norms. It is a lovely and peaceful story about a woman learning about herself. Her love and view of food makes me excited for this pandemic to be over and to try out her restaurants.I am no way a connoisseur or foodie but I do feel like Her app 3.8 this book’s naming is inaccurate in my opinion. A rebel chef to me seems like someone who has a chip on their shoulder and will take on the world. Dominique feels much more like a Zen chef. Who through her zen like approach was able challenge industry norms. It is a lovely and peaceful story about a woman learning about herself. Her love and view of food makes me excited for this pandemic to be over and to try out her restaurants.I am no way a connoisseur or foodie but I do feel like Her approach would not feel overly pretentious to me or inhibiting, as I would be one of the least sophisticated pallets in her restaurant.As a person she seems kind and thoughtful. Overall an interesting person. I do wonder if the narrator made it hard to see her as a “rebel“ as her voice also felt very zen like.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Good book, I skipped through a lot of the detailed descriptions of food prep. The author's childhood was more interesting to me. Plus I love Bretagne. It's like the New England I grew up in - still wild. And with French food. If Dominique reads her reviews, five days vacation is not generous at all. Give your staff at least ten.
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  • Rachel Troyer
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating story. From start to present Dominique’s telling us more than her life story. She’s expressing words on behalf of her family, life and work. I look forward to the day I finally am able to dine in her dining room (or rather restaurant). Thankful for the time she took to capture this story.
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  • Katie Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Rebel Chef is a wonderful look inside the life of Dominique Crenn, one of the top chefs of our time. She writes candidly and honestly about her experience in the food world. I found her story truly inspiring.
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I love Crenn’s persistence and creativity!
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