Did the James Beard Foundation voters pay attention to the Time magazine controversy? After that publication projected a pantheon of Gods of Food that was distinctively all-male, almost half of the first-round nominees for outstanding chef in the 2014 JBF awards are women.
And though several of them come from the West Coast -- long friendlier to women chefs than elsewhere -- this list is truly national in scope.
Los Angeles’ longtime heroes Suzanne Goin and Nancy Silverton were joined by the Bay Area’s Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), New York’s Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), Chicago’s Carrie Nahabedian (
That's eight of the 20 nominees.
Things are almost as good when it comes to outstanding restaurateur, where seven of the 20 are women. Los Angeles’ Caroline Styne (
The final nominees will be announced March 18 and the awards will be presented at the annual James Beard Foundation Ceremony and Gala Reception May 5 at
Other Southern California chefs and restaurants nominated include: Chi Spacca, Trois Mec and Connie and Ted’s for best new restaurant;