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Dartmouth Commencement 2004

Posted 06/13/04

Honorary degree citation to Alice Waters (Doctor of Arts)
Alice Waters
Alice Waters

Over the past thirty years, you have been called the most influential person in American cuisine. Following an undergraduate program in French Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, you spent some time in France where you developed your passion - perhaps, your obsession - for fresh food. Returning to Berkeley, you opened your restaurant, Chez Panisse, in 1971 - internationally renowned as serving only the freshest, highest quality foods that are in season and that are often local and organically grown. Your several books have made yours a household name. You have changed the way Americans think about food.

Your many awards - including "Best Restaurant in America" from Gourmet magazine and "Best Chef" from the James Beard Foundation - provide fitting recognition of the very positive impact you have had.

You have become an advocate for farmers' markets, organic foods, and sustainable agriculture. Through Slow Food International you have promoted and celebrated local artisanal food traditions. And you have used the Chez Panisse Foundation and programs such as the Edible Schoolyard to educate future generations to the benefits of quality, locally grown food. Dartmouth is delighted to present you the degree Doctor of Arts.

- James Wright

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