Award-winning Zuni Cafe chef Judy Rodgers dies of cancer

Getty Images file photoZuni Cafe owner Judy Rodgers has died at 57 years old.

Judy Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57.

Gilbert Pilgram, her business partner and longtime friend, said Rodgers died Monday after succumbing to cancer of the appendix.

The James Beard Foundation named Zuni Cafe 2003’s Outstanding Restaurant in America. Rodgers won the James Beard Outstanding Chef award a year later, beating out notable chef Mario Batali and others.

Rodgers started cooking in the 1970s after being inspired by Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, where she met her business partner Pilgram. Pilgram says he’ll continue to run Zuni’s kitchen.Bay Area NewsJudy RodgersZuni Cafe

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Bill to create state public bank could jumpstart SF efforts

California may move $10 billion of its investment banking funds to rebuild… Continue reading

State hires firefighters as wildfire season begins

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday outlined the steps California has taken to… Continue reading

Supes to vote on proposal to ease restrictions on gay bathhouses

Mandelman hopes to ‘make the operation of adult sex venues more feasible.’

Breed, Walton test negative for COVID-19 after exposure to the virus

Mayor London Breed announced Thursday she tested negative for COVID-19 after notified… Continue reading

‘No timetable’ for cable car return, SFMTA says

How the temporary absence of cable cars means more than just a loss of transit routes

Most Read