THE UNIVERSITY of San Francisco will award renowned chef and food activist Alice Waters the 2009 USF California Prize for Public Service and the Common Good. The prize honors individuals who have exemplified a commitment to service.
Owner of legendary Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, Waters is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and a supporter of locally grown food and local farmers markets. She is credited with helping to found the “slow food” movement that has helped revolutionize the way people think about sustainable and organic agriculture.
Additionally, Waters 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 works to establish 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. The foundation has already attained that goal in several Bay Area schools and plans to expand nationwide.
Waters will receive the award at a November dinner. Alice Waters' biography at the Chez Panisse website