Alice Waters is a chef, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project. She went on to conceive and help create the Yale Sustainable Food Project at Yale University and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Waters is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times best sellers The Art of Simple Food I and II and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.