Chef Alice Waters has become widely known for representing sustainable agriculture in food service. Born April 28, 1944, Chef Alice Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, and author who is famous for her role in creating the farm-to-table movement and for pioneering California cuisine. She includes organic ingredients in her menu believing that they are both better for the environment and people’s health.
She says: “When I opened up Chez Panisse, I was only thinking about taste. And in doing that, I ended up at the doorstep of organic farmers. Alice is reforming the USDA school lunch program to include organic, local fruits and vegetables to promote a healthy lifestyle. She believes that sustainable food grown by local farms adds a unique taste to the cooked food.
Chez Panisse Foundation was founded by Alice Waters in 1996 to transform public education by using food to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The Edible Schoolyard program at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School which is a 1-acre (4,000 m2) organic garden and kitchen classrooms where students grow, harvest and prepare food is the main work of the Chez Panisse Foundation.
She has also served as a vice president of Slow Food International, which promotes local food traditions, biodiversity and small-scale quality products around the world.
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