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Episode 044 – Alice Waters, Food Activist, Chef, Founder & Owner, Chez Panisse

On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, we welcome Alice Waters, Food Activist, Chef, and Founder & Owner of Chez Panisse with guest host Paul Kahan, Executive Chef and Partner at One Off Hospitality. Alice recalls her journey to launch Chez Panisse and rebuild people’s connection with their food. Tune in to discover more about the Edible School Yard Project and the slow food movement. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Avec River North.

00:00 – Intro
00:47 – Paul Kahan Intro
03:45 – Alice passion beginning
05:49 – Origin of Chez Panisse
15:11 – Paul Kahan memory of Waters
16:13 – Shoutout to the day’s chefs
17:55 – Evolve Network
19:01 – Mt. Rushmore of culinary
21:48 – Message from our sponsor, Shure
22:19 – Edible School Yard Project beginning
23:22 – Influence to start the project
25:45 – Sensorily deprived world
26:15 – MLK middle school project vision
29:37 – Edible School Yard Project map
30:59 – Connection with food and people
33:58 – Amazing revelation with the project
36:00 – Waters parent’s victory garden
37:04 – Future of institutes
45:09 – Water’s advice to leaders
50:21 – Outro

Episode Link: Chez Panisse | Edible School Yard Project

Guest Host: Paul Kahan, Executive Chef and Partner, One Off Hospitality
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago   

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