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10 Game Changing Female Chefs

Jacky Hayward | Chef's Blade

Nancy Silverton


Nancy Silverton’s career as a chef began when she was just 18 years old and living in the Cal State University dorm, where she worked as a vegetarian cook in the dormitory kitchen. Eventually, she started a career as a pastry chef and became the first woman to win a James Beard award in 1991 for Oustanding Pastry Chef — an award Elizabeth Falkner was nominated for in 2005.



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