Alice Waters, author, cook and “food revolutionary” (New York Times) named her legendary Berkeley restaurant “Chez Panisse” after Honoré Panisse, a character in Marcel Pagnol’s “Marseille trilogy” films. Alice Waters discovered European food culture during her studies in France. Upon returning to Berkeley she got involved in the political student movement and opened “Chez Panisse” in 1971. Numerous artists of all disciplines have since gathered there, especially filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Jean-Luc Godard or Werner Herzog, who also staged a performance there in 1980. Other frequent guests are American film personalities such as Francis Ford Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal, and opera director Peter Sellars. In 1995 Alice Waters began the Edible Schoolyard, a model public education programme in which the growing, harvesting, and cooking of food is integrated into the school curriculum, and students are brought into a new relationship to food. In the 20 years since the programme’s founding, like-minded edible education initiatives, kitchen classrooms, and school gardens have been founded around the world, including a vegetable garden established by Michelle Obama at the White House. Alice Waters has authored many books, including her classic cookbook “The Art of Simple Food,” which was translated into German in 2013 (published by Prestel).