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Beard Award winners announced

California restaurants and female chefs fared well in this year’s James Beard Awards, which were announced Monday night at a ceremony at Lincoln Center attended by more than 1,700 food professionals and others.

The award for outstanding chef of the year was given to Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, who joins Alice Waters, Lidia Bastianich and Judy Rodgers as the only women to win this top award since the program started in 1990. Barbara Lynch of Boston was named outstanding restaurateur. She is the second woman in a row to win this award, after Maguy Le Coze, who was the first ever last year.

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