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Best Celebrity Chef 

Traci Des Jardins

As the chef and mastermind behind San Francisco restaurants Jardinière, Mijita, and Public House — as well as Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe — Traci Des Jardins could easily keep busy in the kitchen of her choice and never see daylight. Instead, she's a tireless fundraiser for the local community and beyond, and an ardent supporter of hunger-relief organizations like Share Our Strength. In 2011, she was the runner-up on the Bravo TV series Top Chef Masters, winning the lion's share of culinary challenges each week to earn more than $30,000 for La Cocina, a nonprofit incubator of food businesses owned by minority women that's based in the Mission District. While some of her more publicity-minded colleagues in the restaurant industry would have seized the opportunity for personal glory, Des Jardins has simply gone back to work.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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