Alice Waters

Alice Waters is a chef, author and food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Often called the “Mother of American Food,” Ms. Waters has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades, and is credited with popularizing the organic food movement.  In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. Ms. Waters is a national advocate for farmers markets and bringing organic, local foods to the general public.  Since 2002, she has been Vice President of Slow Food International, an organization that promotes and celebrates local, artisanal food traditions in 44 countries around the world threatened by fast foods and a faster pace of life. Ms. Waters conceived and helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project in 2003, and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007. She is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II. Chez Panisse, founded in 1971, has consistently been ranked among the world’s fifty best restaurants.  Of the many honors she has received, Ms. Waters was named Best Chef in America in 1992 by the James Beard Foundation, the first woman to win this award. Ms. Waters was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2015, recognizing that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change.

Alice Waters

Year Honored: 2017

Birth: 1944 -

Born In: New Jersey

Achievements: Business, Education, Humanities, Philanthropy

Educated In: California, New Jersey, United States of America, Britain, France

Schools Attended: UC Santa Barbara; University of California, Berkeley