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Nancy Oakes

Boulevard Restaurant - San Francisco, CA

Chef Nancy Oakes has reached and sustained a level of awareness and culinary excellence held by few chefs in America today. She strongly believes that her diners need to be comforted by her food as well as the surroundings and service. She feels that the room and food presentation should flatter guests in a way that make each one know he or she is personally cared for.

Virtually every readers’ poll of San Francisco Bay Area publications names Oakes as the most popular chef, and Boulevard as the favorite restaurant in San Francisco, including the San Francisco Chronicle Reader’s Poll and the Zagat guide for seven years in a row.  She is also one of a few restaurants to receive a coveted Star in the Michelin Guide every year since they started reviewing.  Her peers have spoken as well, and in 2001. Oakes garnered a tremendous and much-deserved James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef in California” and in 2012 the “Outstanding Restaurant Award”.   The James Beard Foundation also nominated Nancy Oakes for the “Outstanding Service Award” in 2002 and 2004.

In other media, Boulevard, The Cookbook, written by Chef Oakes with Co-Chef Pamela Mazzola received both the James Beard Foundation and IACP nomination for 2006 and was picked by the Amazon Cookbook Editor at the top of his favorite cookbooks in 2006.