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Award-winning San Francisco chef Judy Rodgers dies at 57

  • FILE - This June 9, 2008 file photo shows Judy Rodgers, the chef at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, Calif. Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57. Gilbert Pilgram, her business partner and longtime friend, said Rodgers died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 after succumbing to cancer of the appendix. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Craig Lee)

SAN FRANCISCO — Judy Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57.

Gilbert Pilgram, her business partner and longtime friend, said Rodgers died Monday after succumbing to cancer of the appendix.

The James Beard Foundation named the Zuni Cafe 2003's Outstanding Restaurant in America.

Rodgers won Beard's Outstanding Chef award a year later, beating out notable chef Mario Batali and others.

Rodgers started cooking in the 1970s after being inspired by Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, where she met her business partner Pilgram.

Pilgram says he'll continue to run Zuni's kitchen.


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