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Goin and Silverton lead a women's charge at James Beard awards
Goin and Silverton lead a women's charge at James Beard awards

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 (Naha), Hoboken’s Maricel Presilla (Cucharamama),...

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