In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers

In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers


We are incredibly sad to hear that chef Judy Rodgers passed away last night at the age of 57. "Judy Rodgers was not only one of America's greatest chefs, having been honored with a JBF Outstanding Chef Award in 2004, but she also epitomized the joy of casual fine cooking as a way to bring people together at her iconic and popular Zuni Café," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Her humility and creative genius were legendary. She was an avid note taker, always looking for and jotting down new ways to improve on a dish. I can still picture her with a pencil tucked into her upswept hair. Our foundation has lost a friend and San Francisco has lost a legend."


As an Outstanding Chef award winner, Rodgers was profiled in The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best. Read author Kit Wohl's piece below.




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