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James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants
James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants

Southern California may be a dining mecca, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the James Beard Awards. Once again Monday night, Los Angeles chefs and restaurants suffered an ignominious shutout at the prestigious awards, presented this year in Chicago. Only Los Angeles’ Lopez family provided a bright spot, earning one of five America’s Classic awards for their Oaxacan treasure, Guelaguetza. Since 2000, Los Angeles restaurants have won only four of the national Beard awards — Mozza’s Nancy Silverton was outstanding chef last year, Spago won for best service in 2005, Sherry Yard was outstanding pastry chef in 2002 and Campanile was the outstanding...

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