Meet Alice Waters

By Katelynn Lamb-Hill

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Alice Waters received a degree in French Culinary Study from the University of California in 1967. What she decided to do with her degree after traveling to Europe and becoming infatuated by the food, was to borrow 10,000, and open up her own restaurant. The doors opened to Chez Panisse in 1971. She specialized in organic and fresh “California cuisine” foods because the dishes were so light, and clean. She became known as a pioneer of this type of cuisine, whilst her style was spreading across America. Alice wanted to help the local, organic farms. Therefor, she shared her beliefs with the Edible School Yard, a program for public schools. She has written several cook books, and in 1992, she became the first woman to be named the “Best Chef in America”.