Alice Waters is a renowned chef and champion of food grown locally. She is credited with helping found the "slow food" movement that has revolutionized how we think about sustainable and organic agriculture. As owner of the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, her influence is felt across the country as she raises consciousness about how the food we choose affects our health and our planet.
Waters also created the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 to support educational programs that use food to nurture, educate, and empower youth. Through The Edible Schoolyard and the School Lunch Initiative, the Foundation envisions a public school curriculum that includes hands-on experiences in school kitchens, gardens, and lunchrooms, and provides healthy, freshly prepared meals as part of each school day.
"I am incredibly honored to receive this year's California Prize for Service the Common Good from the University of San Francisco," Alice Waters said upon learning of the honor. "This award recognizes the work of the Chez Panisse Foundation and shows that the university supports a school curriculum that gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future."
"Alice has championed an understanding that raising and preparing what we eat is both an ethical exercise and an acknowledgement that we share the earth's resources and hold it in trust for future generations," said Stephen A. Privett, S.J., University President. "She has worked tirelessly to introduce school children to responsible food production and healthy eating, especially those in under-served communities."