Monday, January 23, 2012

No ay problemo.....

Jose Andres and Alice Waters

Photo credit: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Language barriers didn’t play a part in the conversation between Chef Jose Andres and Alice Waters (founder of the Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe, the Edible Schoolyard and champion of the Slow Food movement) at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s recent unveiling of a photographic portrait of food pioneer Alice Waters.

Jose Andres
Last year, Andres was the first chef to earn the Spanish cultural award and sent a strong message about food.  Check out our interview on NBC Niteside Nov. 29th 2010 (type in Jose Andres in search).

Alice Waters
The portrait, created by Dave Woody, pictures Waters standing beneath the branches of a mulberry tree in the Edible Schoolyard. Woody was commissioned to create the piece as a part of winning first prize in the 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. 

“I am delighted to install in our museum this portrait of Alice Waters created by Dave Woody,” said Martin E. Sullivan, director of the museum. “In this compelling photograph, Woody captures Alice Waters’ commitment to local, organic food. The Portrait Gallery recognizes Waters for changing the way the nation thinks about how people are connected to food and the environment. We expect the event to be a lively celebration of this relatively new conversation in American culture.”

A video pick inside the event: