Who Is Maria Bello's Fiancé, Dominique Crenn? Actress Announces Engagement To French Chef

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Who Is Maria Bello's Fiancé, Dominique Crenn? Actress Announces Engagement To French Chef
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Another celebrity wedding is in the works, because this NCIS star has officially announced her engagement.

Maria Bello is engaged to French chef girlfriend Dominique Crenn, and they revealed their big news for the first time at Elton John's Oscars viewing party over the weekend.

But who is Maria Bello's fiancé? Here's everything fans need to know about Crenn.

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1. Crenn and Bello shared the good news on Sunday.

In a red carpet interview at John's Oscars party, Bello shared that she and Crenn had a lot to celebrate — and not just because of the awards show fun. They got engaged on December 29 during a trip to Paris, and it sounds like they've been in bliss ever since.

"We're pretty happy, considering we just got engaged," Bello said. “So this is sort of our fun time out in Hollywood for the first time. It was very surprising and meant to be, but about time. I’ve finally grown up enough to get married.”

2. They celebrated their engagement on Instagram, too. 

Crenn shared this photo from the Oscars party, along with a meaningful caption about sharing their exciting engagement news with the world.

"How beautiful and powerful when love comes your way. She said oui!!!! Lucky me," Crenn wrote. "@officialmariabello and I believe that by living as free humans we inspire others to be free. We are free because we live and speak the truth and believe in the divine rights of freedom for others. We value love, in all of it’s forms, for each other, the planet and our children. We believe that women are claiming their rightful place at the table and we have chosen to sit at that table to give voice and visibility to other humans who wish to be free."

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3. But who is Maria Bello's fiancé, Dominique Crenn? She's best known for being a chef and restaurant owner. 

As Crenn explains on her website, she's been studying cooking since her move to San Francisco in 1988, and now, she "promotes innovation, sustainability, and equality, through her collaboration with various panels and summits." She's also the owner of Petit Crenn, a restaurant in Hayes Valley, California, that focuses on seafood and offers a seven course tasting menu for guests. It seems pretty popular, because it requires reservations to visit. 

4. Crenn has broken a lot of barriers for female chefs, as well. 

Crenn is the first female chef in the United States to receive three Michelan stars — and the first to receive two, a few years before that — which is a huge deal, but that's not the only accolade she boasts. Crenn was also named the world's best female chef in 2016. Pretty impressive.

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5. Bello has one child from her previous relationship.

Before her relationship with Crenn, Bello was in a relationship with actor Dan McDermott and together, they have one child, Jackson Blue McDermott, who is now 18 years old. After their relationship ended, Bello dated close friend Clare Munn, and now, she's obviously looking forward to her future with Crenn, although they haven't opened up about their lives together much before announcing their engagement. 

6. Crenn and Bello frequently post about each other on social media.

Although they haven't spoken about each other publicly, they don't try to hide their relationship online — that much is clear just by looking at Crenn and Bello's Instagram accounts. There are plenty of couple-y photos to be found, including the one above, and they seem to be very happy together. Congratulations to this newly engaged couple! 

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Nicole Pomarico is an entertainment and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Cosmo, Us Weekly, Refinery29, and more.

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