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Best Chef: California, presented by James Beard Foundation
(Became Best Chef: Pacific (CA and HI), 2007-12; now Best Chef: West (CA, HI and NV))
James Beard Foundation
Name Year
Suzanne Goin 2006
Lee Hefter 2005
Charles Phan 2004
Hiro Sone 2003
Michael Mina 2002
Nancy Oakes 2001
Judy Rodgers 2000
Paul Bertolli 1999
Julian Serrano 1998
Hubert Keller 1997
Thomas Keller 1996
Gary Danko 1995
Joyce Goldstein 1994
Bradley Ogden 1993 *
Jeremiah Tower 1993 *
Michel Richard 1992
Joachim Splichal 1991
* indicates award was shared