Who is Alice Waters?

March 16th, 2009 - 9:45 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

ALice WatersAlice Waters, the executive Chef and owner of Chez Panisse, opened in 1971. Chez Panisse opened in 1980 with an open kitchen, a wood-burning pizza oven, and an a la carte menu.

Alice Water, born in Chatham, New Jersey on April 28, 1944. A graduate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 with a degree in French Cultural Studies, and trained at the Montessori School in London before spending a seminal year traveling in France.

She is the founder and the director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, an International Governor of Slow Food, a Visiting Dean at the French Culinary Institute, an Honorary Trustee of the American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts in Napa, and Board Member of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Alice is also an author and a co-author of eight books, including Chez Panisse Vegetables, Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook, Fanny at Chez Panisse, a storybook and cookbook for children. Recently, the encyclopedic Chez Panisse Fruit.

Chez Panisse restaurant was named Best Restaurant in the States by the Gourmet magazine in 2001. Alice has received numerous awards, including the Bon Appetit magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and the James Beard Humanitarian Award in 1997. Also named the Best Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1992 and Cuisine et Vins de France listed her as one of the ten best chefs in the world in 1986.

Alice Waters on shows also included Roast Duck with Cherries, Fig and Grape Salad with Pancetta-Wrapped Crostini, Peach Shortcake, Avocado, Grapefruit, and Curly Endive Salad with Citrus Dressing, Winter Squash, Chanterelle and Red Wine Panade and Apple Huckleberry Tart.

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