Alice Waters

Chef, Restaurateur

Berkeley

Alice Waters, chef, author, culinary pioneer and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are sustainable and local. In 1996, her commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School — a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum. The success of The Edible Schoolyard led to the School Lunch Initiative, which integrates a nutritious daily lunch and gardening experience into the curriculum of all public schools in the U.S. She is vice president of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food. Waters has written a handful of books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.