In celebration of the upcoming PBS American Masters “Chef’s Flight” series, we recently caught up with the Godmother of Farm-to-Table and California cuisine , Alice Waters.
When she opened her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California in 1971, it sprouted from a counter culture hippy movement that focused on ingredients even more than technique, and direct relationships with local farmers. Today that philosophy is part of American daily life and the core of just about every cooking show we watch.
We were treated to a breakfast that included Jacques Pépin’s Egg and Spinach Gratin, Julia Child’s Shrimp Herbed Omelet and James Beard’s Pissaladiere, followed by delicious chef’s stories from Waters, Pepin and Portland, Oregon’s Naomi Pomeroy.
The series featuring Waters, Pepin and James Beard airs on PBS May 19th and May 26th.