The James Beard Foundation Awards -- the Academy Awards of the food world -- were distributed Monday night in New York, and it was a victory for women but a shutout for Southern California.
The winner for outstanding chef, the last award in a long, eventful gala, was a tie between David Chang of New York's Momofuku Noodle Bar and Paul Kahan of Chicago's Blackbird.
Both are terrific chefs. Yet it was a sad moment for some of us. Neither L.A. nominees -- Suzanne Goin and Nancy Silverton -- carried home the award, which sealed the SoCal shutout.
And yet 2013 turned out to be a banner year for female chefs (just not ours), who won three best chef...