Judy Rodgers, 57, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, died Monday. She had cancer of the appendix.

The James Beard Foundation named the Zuni Cafe 2003's Outstanding Restaurant in America.

Ms. Rodgers won Beard's Outstanding Chef award a year later, beating out notable chef Mario Batali and others.

She started cooking in the 1970s after being inspired by Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, where she met her business partner Gilbert Pilgram.

Pilgram says he will continue to run Zuni's kitchen. - AP