Boulud, Keller I.D. Favorite Female Chefs


The Beard Awards Gala honored women in food this year, but Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud want more female chefs to recognize. Both considered the topic at the San Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Restaurants of 2009 luncheon yesterday at Del Posto. Its a shame there arent more of them, said Keller, ticking off his personal favorites in the U.S.: Nancy Silverton (L.A.s La Brea Bakery, Campanile), San Franciscos Judy Rodgers (Zuni Caf), Michelle Bernstein (Michys in Miami), and just two locals: Odette Fada, of San Domenico, and Lidia Bastianich. Bouluds list of domestic picks was even shorter, though he thinks there are several great women chefs in France. California: Nancy Silverton; New York: Lidia Bastianich; Miami: Michelle Bernstein, he said. Joe Bastianich, no fool he, was unsurprised to see his mother on both lists: Ive always been convinced that women are inherently better cooks than men.