James Beard Awards: Pizzeria Mozza's Nancy Silverton Named Outstanding Chef

Daniel Hennessey
Nancy Silverton

The awards, handed out Monday night, are known as the Oscars of the culinary world.

Pizzeria Mozza's Nancy Silverton was a big winner at Monday night's James Beard Awards, also known informally as the Oscars of the culinary world.

Silverton was named outstanding chef, which is presented to "a working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals."

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Her honor comes four months after The Hollywood Reporter ranked Pizzeria Mozza, which is located at 641 N. Highland Ave., at No. 12 on its 2014 Power Lunch rankings of the top 25 restaurants in L.A. (It jumped seven spots from the previous year.)

The spot, which has been packed since it opened in 2006, is frequented by Fox 21 president Bert Salke, manager-producer Chris Bender, investor Phil Rosenthal, Shine America CEO Rich Ross, Steven Spielberg and Kathy Griffin, among other industry names.

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Meanwhile, the only other L.A.-based chef honored at the awards ceremony was pastry chef and author Sherry Yard (one of six in the category Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America).

The honors were presented Monday night at New York's Lincoln Center. A complete list of winners can be found here.