1971 was a good year for personal health in the US: a ban on radio and TV adverts for cigarettes came into effect.
It was also the year the award-winning chef Alice Waters founded and opened Chez Panisse in San Francisco, championing organic gardening and sustainable cuisine. In the intervening 50 years, Waters has emerged as a world leader in using food to drive social change. She received Restaurant Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007; shared Harvard Medical School’s Global Environmental Citizen Award with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2008; and was awarded the National Humanities Medal then-US President Obama in n 2015.
Typical of ecological restaurants, Chez Panisse offers an ever-changing menu based on the specific mix of seasonal and local ingredients that are available each day.
In 1995 Waters founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which fights for a free school lunch for all children and a “sustainable food curriculum” in every state school. Her activism has also been international: she helped set up the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007.Tags: food and drink, Sustainable Gastronomy, united states