Award-winning Zuni Cafe chef Judy Rodgers dies of cancer

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

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

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