Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alice Waters

Alice Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist and author.  She owns Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic and locally-grown foods.  Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 and it is always ranked among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Waters has been a huge supporter for organic food for over 40 years and has been called the mother of American food.  She says that eating organic foods is essential for both taste and health of the environment.  Waters has written several books on food and cooking, including Chez Panisse Cooking and The Art of Simple Food.  She founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 after establishing the Edible Schoolyard program at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley. This Schoolyard program is a 1 acre organic garden and kitchen classroom, where the student are involved in growing, harvesting, and cooking foods from the garden. Her healthy food revolution is signified by Michelle Obama’s White House organic vegetable garden.  In addition, Waters has served as Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002.