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Chef Dominique Crenn discusses vegetarian cooking

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Dominique Crenn, co-owner and chef of the three-Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn, will teach a MasterClass on modern vegetarian cooking. Pulling from stories of her upbringing in France and nontraditional journey as a chef, Crenn teaches members how to stay passionately curious in the kitchen and think of food as art, while demonstrating cooking techniques like blanching, roasting and layering. Crenn’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Dominique is simply remarkable, her food is exquisite and she has three Michelin stars to back it up! She’s a true leader in vegetarian cuisine,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “Beyond just recipes, members will learn the important, sustainable power of using fresh and local produce. It’s only right that our first vegetarian class is taught by Chef Crenn.”

Structured like a tasting menu, Crenn’s class takes members on a journey from their first course to the final cheese course. Crenn shares her journey, from learning to love vegetables and the art of cooking from her family in France to earning three Michelin stars for her restaurant Atelier Crenn. She walks through her staple kitchen tools and specialty equipment while also defining a few modern pantry ingredients she uses. She teaches members her approach to taking vegetables they already know—including tomatoes, cabbage, mushrooms and leeks—and turning them into extraordinary dishes, as well as demonstrates her techniques for blanching, roasting, grilling, gelling and cutting. She also shares her principles for layering, plating and presenting with elegance. Members will walk away from Crenn’s class inspired and motivated to challenge themselves in the kitchen to create fresh and flavorful vegetarian meals.

“I’m a chef, but I’m also a lover, a fighter and a rebel. I think of food differently than most people—it’s poetry and art on a plate,” said Crenn. “In my class, I’ll show members how to take vegetarian ingredients they already know and turn them into something extraordinary and delicious that can hold their own next to any other entrée. Whether a meat eater, a vegetarian, or a pescatarian—this class is for you.”

Smashing glass ceilings and unearthing new flavors, Crenn became the first female chef in the U.S. to earn two Michelin stars—and then the first to earn three. After immigrating to the United States in the 1980s, Crenn pursued her culinary aspirations around the world, including as Indonesia’s first-ever female executive chef. She was awarded Best Female Chef in 2016 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and appeared on season two of the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. Crenn currently holds a total of four Michelin stars, three for her flagship restaurant, Atelier Crenn, and one for her wine bar concept, Bar Crenn. Further accolades include the James Beard Foundation Award of Best Chef: West in 2018 and a 2021 World’s 50 Best Icon Award.

Watch the trailer for the class below:

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