Gilbert Pilgram, her business partner and longtime friend, said Rodgers died Monday after succumbing to cancer of the appendix.
The James Beard Foundation named Zuni Cafe 2003’s Outstanding Restaurant in America. Rodgers won the James Beard Outstanding Chef award a year later, beating out notable chef Mario Batali and others.
Rodgers started cooking in the 1970s after being inspired by Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, where she met her business partner Pilgram. Pilgram says he’ll continue to run Zuni’s kitchen.