Nancy Oakes

Executive Chef and Co-Owner


San Francisco, CA

Nancy Oakes has reached and sustained a level of awareness and culinary excellence held by few chefs in America today. She is, indeed, one of San Francisco’s most beloved chef—consistently named “most popular chef” by virtually every readers’ poll of San Francisco Bay Area publications, with Boulevard as the “favorite restaurant” in San Francisco, including the Zagat guide for seven years in a row and the San Francisco Chronicle Reader’s Poll. She was also one of a few restaurants to receive a coveted Star in the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Her peers have spoken also and, in 2001, Chef Nancy Oakes garnered a tremendous and much-deserved James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef in California.” The James Beard Foundation also nominated her for the “Outstanding Service Award” in 2002 and 2004, and for the “Outstanding Restaurant Award” in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In other media, Boulevard, The Cookbook, written by Chef Oakes with Co-Chef Pamela Mazzola, received both the James Beard Foundation and IACP nomination in 2006 and was picked by the Amazon Cookbook Editor at the top of his favorite cookbooks in 2006. She is also a regular contributor to Bon Appetit Magazine and has appeared in Fine Cooking Magazine, as well as in magazines around the world.