Running your own business is no easy feat. It takes a healthy dose of passion, discipline, and commitment. Ever wonder what a day in the life of a small business owner or startup founder is like? We’re here to give you a glimpse!
This week, we’re featuring the prolific Dominique Crenn, chef and owner of world-renowned restaurants Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, and Bar Crenn. In November 2018, Dominique became the first female chef in the U.S. to receive three Michelin Stars.
As an active member of the international culinary community, Dominique promotes innovation, sustainability, and equality through her restaurant ideals, focusing on cuisine as a craft and community as an inspiration.
Most recently, she’s stepped into the role of Head of Culinary Council for VitaBowl. She and the team behind VitaBowl are crowdfunding on Indiegogo InDemand to bring their new plant-based, high-protein snack called VitaBites to market.
Read on to discover what a typical 24 hour-day looks like for Chef Dominique Crenn, and then scroll down for a brief Q&A to get to know her better and get inspired to your best work!
7:30 A.M. Awake. I check the calendar for the day.
8 A.M. I feed my dog, Maxi. I don’t drink coffee anymore, and don’t eat anything for breakfast. I have fresh-pressed green juice and hot tea. Food is medicine!
9 A.M. I shower, exercise, and take the dog out.
10 A.M. Head into my restaurant. I meet with the team, regarding the plan for the day.
11:30 A.M. Lunch on the go is usually early. I’ll have a VitaBowl, or something light.
11:30 A.M. My afternoon consists of phone calls, meetings, and interviews. A lot of my time right now is spent speaking out in support of small business and needed assistance from the government during the pandemic.
2 P.M. Staff meal, if I am at Atelier Crenn. My team makes the best food everyday! Today’s menu is mushroom lasagna, Bleu Belle Farm Vegetables, and freshly-baked baguette garlic bread.
3 P.M. Meeting with Research & Development Chef, JC, and Pastry Chef/Business Partner, Juan Contreras. We focus on menu planning and business forecast for the month.
6 P.M. I head home, and make dinner for me and Maxi. Maxi has a delicious mix of ground venison and vegetables. I usually have a big bowl of something hot — pasta or soup.
7 P.M. Reading new books and cookbooks! I jot down ideas for new menu items for Atelier Crenn and VitaBowl.
9 P.M. Relaxing before bed with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu!
10 P.M. Lights out!
Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what her day is like, get more inspiration in our exclusive Q&A with Dominique!
INDIEGOGO: How and why did you become an entrepreneur? Was it always something you wanted for yourself?
CHEF DOMINIQUE CRENN: Because we are all entrepreneurs at heart. I, like many others, love to create things. I didn’t intend to be one, but I followed my heart, and it brought me here.
IGG: What makes your Indiegogo project unique?
DOMINIQUE: VitaBites is so much goodness in one little bite. You can get everything you need at once — vitamins, energy, and deliciousness. How does that not make you happy?
IGG: What’s your biggest piece of advice for women who want to start their own business?
DOMINIQUE: Know who you are, be confident, and know your vision. Surround yourself with good people who know more than you…and have a good lawyer! (laughs)
IGG: What tools would you recommend to anyone starting their own business, crowdfunding campaign, or project?
DOMINIQUE: The best tool you can have is a journal — a small notebook for writing everyday. Jot down all of your ideas and dreams. Be curious about what you do not know. Read everything you can. If you are true to yourself, your dreams will come true.
IGG: What’s your favorite Indiegogo campaign, or a campaign you’ve recently supported?
DOMINIQUE: VitaBites, of course!