Alice Waters is an American chef, activist and author who was born on April 28, 1944 and grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. She is the second of the four daughters of Charles and Margaret Waters. Alice studied at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1967 with a major in French cultural studies. She also spent a college semester in Paris, France, where she developed a keen interest in locally grown fresh foods.
Alice Waters trained as a chef at the Montessori School in London, England after graduating from UC Berkeley. She also spent a year in France to learn French cooking techniques. In 1971, Alice opened her restaurant Chez Panisse in an old house in Berkeley and worked as the head chef. Following the birth of her child in 1983, Alice moved out of the kitchen and hired a chef for her restaurant. She began writing books while earning significant fame for the success of Chez Panisse.
In 1996, Alice established the Edible Schoolyard project in Berkeley to teach middle school students about growing organic produce and the importance of healthy and sustainable food practices. She also started the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 to fund and replicate similar programs. Alice established programs such as the School Lunch Initiative and the Garden Project to further her cause.