Food for Thought: A Conversation with José Andrés and Alice Waters
On Friday, October 27, José Andrés and Alice Waters, the world-renowned chefs and food activists, sat down for a joint interview with The Washington Post’s Food Anchor Mary Beth Albright.
Waters, the founder of the iconic California restaurant, Chez Panisse, and an early advocate of the organic and farm-to-table food movement, discussed her new memoir, “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.” She also spoke about her decades of advocacy for local, sustainable agriculture and her ongoing work with the Edible Schoolyard Project, which aims to promote an edible education curriculum.
She was joined on stage by Andrés, the chef/owner of the 26-restaurant ThinkFoodGroup. Andrés spoke about his work on food and hunger issues as well as his recent disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico with World Central Kitchen.
Program Highlights
Chef José Andrés describes his on-the-ground disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico with his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, after Hurricane Maria.
After nearly a month of disaster relief in Puerto Rico, José Andrés shares a story about meeting two young girls waiting for food who he says, "would never eat until the last person on the line ate."
Alice Waters, chef and owner of iconic California restaurant, Chez Panisse, describes how she started her restaurant. José Andrés said his visit to Chez Panisse was "the moment I realized the power" of Waters.
After working on disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, José Andrés stresses the importance of ensuring clean water for the world's future.
Chefs and food activists, José Andrés and Alice Waters, suggest ways to make healthy, sustainable food choices that are also affordable.
Chef Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school students, describes how her childhood inspired her revolutionary food ideas.
José Andrés
Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup
José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty and in 2017 Andrés earned the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Alice Waters
Chef/Owner, Chez Panisse
Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. Waters has been Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002 and in 2003 helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project, and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007.
Mary Beth Albright
Food Host & Editor, The Washington Post
Mary Beth Albright is a food expert with broad experience from National Geographic writer to finalist on “Food Network Star,” where she competed on “Iron Chef America.” Her passion for good food grew from her mentor, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, with whom she spent 15 years working on health and food issues.
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