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The late chef James Beard inspired a generation of cooks.

Chefs and other food pros win James Beard awards

Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 - 9:22 am

“Food matters,” say the folks at the James Beard Foundation in New York City. How right they are. And how serious. The foundation’s mission is to “celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.”

Which would have delighted Beard, the celebrated chef-cookbook author known for mentoring professional and novice chefs and food enthusiasts around the country (1903 to 1985). Though Beard’s first love was American cuisine, let’s not forget that he and chef-cookbook author Julia Child first introduced French cooking to meat-and-potatoes America in the 1950s and 1960s.

The gold-standard James Beard Foundation Awards were presented last Saturday night, highlighted by these categories (the complete list is here):

Outstanding Chef: Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Outstanding Restaurant: The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York City

Outstanding Restaurateur: Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters and others), Boston

Rising Star Chefs (tie): Jimmy Bannos, Jr., the Purple Pig, Chicago; and Blaine Wetzel, the Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Wash.

Best New Restaurant: Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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