16 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Nominated For 2004 James Beard Awards

Contact: Ali Walker
Program Director, WCR
877-927-7787 ext. 241

For Immediate Release
April, 2004

16 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Nominated for
2004 James Beard Awards

Louisville, KY April 2004-- The professional association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) congratulates its members who are nominated for a 2004 James Beard Award.

A James Beard Award, presented by the James Beard Foundation, is the nation's highest honor for culinary professionals. Ann Cooper, WCR's immediate past president and executive chef at the Ross School in East Hampton, New York recognizes the significance of the awards.

"WCR is proud to have so many of its members and so many women in the industry honored by the James Beard Foundation," Cooper said. "It is inspiring to see that these talented women are among those deemed the best and the brightest by this prestigious organization."

The foundation will present the awards on Monday, May 10 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. One hundred ninety-two nominees were announced for the fifty-seven awards to be presented.

Alice Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California and advocate for sustainable agriculture, will receive the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

WCR members nominated for a 2004 James Beard Award are:

2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards


Sherry Yard--The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts

Healthy Focus & Vegetarian

Annie Somerville--Everyday Greens

Single Subject

Laura Werlin--The All American Cheese & Wine Book

2004 James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards

S. Pelligrino Outstanding Restaurant Chef

Lidia Mattichio Bastianich--Lidia, New York

Rita Jammet--La Caravelle, New York

Gallo of Sonoma Rising Star Chef of the Year

Melissa Perello--Charles Nob Hill, San Francisco

All-Clad Bakeware Outstanding Pastry Chef Award

Gina DePalma--Babbo, New York

Emily Luchetti--Farallon, San Francisco

Smithfield Foods Outstanding Service Award

Nancy Oakes--Boulevard, San Francisco

Gale Gand--Tru, Chicago

American Express Best Chef: California

Tracy Des Jardins--Jardinere, San Francisco

American Express Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Ann Cashion--Cashion's Eat Place, Washington, DC

American Express Best Chef: Midwest
Lucia Watson--Lucia's, Minneapolis

American Express Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii

Beverly Gannon--Haliimaile General Store, Maui

American Express Best Chef: Southeast
Kathy Cary--Lilly's, Louisville, KY

WCR was founded in 1993 by eight prominent female chefs and restaurateurs founded with the mission of promoting the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole. As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, WCR's membership of more than 2000 professionals represents all sectors of the industry, from culinary students to restaurant owners. To learn more about the opportunities offered by WCR, visit our web site at www.womenchefs.org or inquire toll-free at 877-927-7787.



Ali Walker
877-927-7787 ext. 241