Green Festival Speakers

Alice Waters



One of Americas most influential chefs, Waters created a revolution in 1971 when she introduced local, organic fare at her Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse. Credited for helping change the food landscape in America, Chez Panisse was named best restaurant in the U.S. by Gourmet magazine in 2001.

Waters has championed sustainable farms and ranches for more than three decades, and brought her vision to public schools through the Chez Panisse Foundation (www.chezpanissefoundation.org). The Foundation operates The Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, where students plant, harvest and prepare fresh food as part of the academic curriculum.

Waters is the founder of the Yale Sustainable Food Project and vice president of Slow Food International. She is the recipient of the 2004 NRDC Force for Nature Award and the 2008 Harvard Global Environmental Citizen Award alongside Kofi Annan.

Waters is the author of 8 books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution and Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.