To celebrate 50 years of chef Alice Waters' iconic Chez Panisse, the LA Times has filed a 30-minute documentary about California's little restaurant that's heralded with changing the world in a very big way.
Waters is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement, and for ushering in a whole new era of restaurants that continues to change the way we eat. From small acorns, mighty oaks grow... so it is with America's great dame of gastronomy, Alice Waters, who on 28 August 1971, opened the doors to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. It merged fine dining with a new approach that put food quality and the relationship with suppliers above all else. The restaurant evolved over the following 50 years to become the fulcrum of a farm-to-table movement that is ever-growing.
Today, 50 years later, the rest of the world is catching up with Waters and her vision of a revitalised food system. There has never been more need for Waters' message - we are what we eat, we are how we eat. With that message, Chez Panisse's local newspaper and champion of the chef for many years, the LA Times has produced a 30 minute documentary: Alice Waters: How to Start a Food Revolution. It looks back at the restaurant's humble beginnings, chronicles its journey to national icon, and looks at the work that still needs to be done in the US to ensure people have access to real food.
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