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10 Game Changing Female Chefs

Jacky Hayward | Chef's Blade

Alice Waters


Known as the inventor of California Cuisine, Alice Waters is the promoter and co-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Just out of college she found her love of fresh, local ingredients on a trip to France in 1964 and founded Chez Panisse in 1971.

Waters is credited with writing 12 food-related books, largely about the California Cuisine movement she was instrumental in founding. In addition, she was the first female chef to win the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 1992 — Chez Panisse won Best Restaurant that year as well.

Bonus Fact: Waters was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority before she became the radical, food activist she is today.



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