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California chef, educator and activist Alice Waters has been named in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Previous chef honorees have included Alex Atala, René Redzepi and José Andrés.
A food activist since the 1970s, Waters has championed eating fresh, local and seasonal foods at her Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse (which was recently rebuilt after been damaged in a fire). When that wasn’t enough she created the Edible Schoolyard Project which aims to improve the way children eat. Waters is also the international vice president of Slow Food, an organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and biodiversity.
Former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl wrote Waters' bio for the Times 100 list and credited her with changing the way Americans eat. "Chez Panisse is undoubtedly the most influential restaurant of its time, but Alice’s legacy extends far beyond that. She proved the power of a chef, showing an entire generation that one passionate person can reshape the eating habits of a nation."
Waters isn’t the only food pioneer who made the prestigious list. She was joined by Erthrain Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, who is passionate about eradicating world hunger.
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