Alice Waters / Chef / Author /activist

Alice Waters is a chef, writer, and proprietor of Chez Panisse, a Berkley-based restaurant focused on providing seasonally-appropriate, locally-sourced food. She changed the way Americans eat and think about food, serving only the highest-quality food and local produce.

Alice Waters is also the creator of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, an initiative to involve students in all aspects of the food cycle. The success of her program led to an national push for the integration of nutritious lunch and gardening into the academic curriculum. She says that with the Edible Schoolyard, children learn through their senses, growing, cooking, and sharing food, hand-on. She says they become civilized, learning about life through food.  She has been called one of the 10 best chefs in the world.

Alice Waters is the author of several books, including The Art of Simple Food and the children's book Fanny at Chez Panisse, written for and about her daughter.