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Nancy Silverton is being inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame.

Nancy Silverton to be inducted into MenuMasters Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles chef and restaurateur will be honored in Chicago on May 18

Nancy Silverton will be inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame at a gala celebration in Chicago this May.

The co-owner of the Mozza Restaurant Group in Los Angeles has been a fixture on Los Angeles’ dining scene for decades. She helped inspire the artisanal bread trend with the founding of La Brea Bakery in 1989, and raised the bar for Italian fine dining in the city with Campanile shortly thereafter, which she opened with then-husband Mark Peel.

She sold La Brea, and Campanile closed in 2012, but she went on to establish the Mozza Restaurant Group which consists of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and Chi Spacca, all in Los Angeles, and Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach, Calif, as well as restaurants Los Cabos, Mexico; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; London, and Singapore.

In 2014, she won the Outstanding Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, its highest honor.

That same year she was also named one of the most innovative women in food & drink by both Fortune and Food & Wine magazines. She was profiled in an episode of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix in 2017 and was featured in the G.O.A.T series on Masterclass in 2023.

Silverton is the author of eleven cookbooks, including Desserts (1986), Breads from La Brea Bakery (1996), Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book (2005), Twist of the Wrist (2007), The Mozza Cookbook (2011), Mozza at Home (2016), and chi SPACCA (2020). Her most recent cookbook, The Cookie That Changed My Life, was released in 2023 and was on the New York Time’s Bestseller List.  

She participates in fundraising for charitable causes including the Los Angeles Food Bank and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and participates in a wide variety of events, including the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, where she most recently spoke in 2023.

MenuMasters winners are selected by Nation’s Restaurant News in a program sponsored by Ventura foods.

Silverton joins a long and prestigious list of MenuMasters Hall of Fame inductees, including Lidia Bastianich, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pépin, José Andrés, and Thomas Keller.

She and other yet-to-be-named awardees will be honored at the annual MenuMasters Celebration on May 18 at a new location, at Morgan MFG in Chicago’s West Loop.

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