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Edible Education marks TIME 100 Influential: chef Alice Waters

Chef Alice Waters named to TIME 100 Most Influential 2014
Chef Alice Waters named to TIME 100 Most Influential 2014

Today, TIME revealed the eleventh annual TIME 100, TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Alice Waters, food thought leader and “activist chef” made the list this year, with her tribute written by food celebrity and writer, Ruth Reichl.

When asked why Reichl was selected to write the Waters tribute, the TIME team didn’t have a ready answer, noting only that Reichl is so well known.

But there are many iconic food thought leaders – so it’s rather a missed opportunity not to know why this beloved food writer was chosen.

Overall, TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs wrote, "The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful…. The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill…. If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming."

Ruth Reichl’s tribute to Alice Waters here below as it will appear in the magazine.

Alice Waters is generally described as a chef. This is wrong. Alice Waters is a revolutionary who wants to change the world through food. In the ’70s, when she created her Berkeley, Calif., restaurant, American cuisine was considered an oxymoron. Alice set out to change that, persuading farmers, foragers and fishermen to raise fresh local food for Chez Panisse. That kick-started the farmers’-market movement and proved that American produce could equal anyone’s. Insisting that good food was a right, not a privilege, she then turned her focus to our children. Alice’s belief that we should teach food in schools was once considered quixotic, but her Edible Schoolyard Project pioneered a national movement. 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.

Follow the link to Reichl’s tribute online – to hear and see the doyenne of food describe her Edible Education efforts.

This “activist Chef” is touted for her pioneering work to bring good food to all.

Alice talks about the need to educate no less than every child in America via her far-reaching Edible Schoolyard program – to teach them how to grow their own food and eat healthy, homegrown recipes. She notes we need to nourish ourselves vs. the fast, cheap and easy corporate food culture that is all too pervasive.

This Examiner is honored to know so many chefs and culinary professionals who have been inspired by Waters and her edible education example.

For example – two homegrown chefs featured in The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook, Joe Realmuto, Nick & Toni’s restaurant and Bryan Futerman, launched the East End’s Springs Community Seedlings Project dedicated to “Nurturing children, building a sustainable future.” This hopeful, community outreach now boasts a garden as classroom plus a greenhouse.

The seeds of Waters’ vision have spread far and continue to harvest sustainable dreams filled with good food.

Reichl’s first novel, Delicious!, will be published in May.

The TIME 100 features pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The eleventh-annual list includes: Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams, Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington, Dwyane Wade on Serena Williams, Chris Christie on Scott Walker, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg on Charlie Rose, Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins, Lupita Nyong'o on Steve McQueen, Brit Hume on Megyn Kelly.

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