Chef Alice Waters To Receive French Legion Of Honor

Posted by Sharon on Aug 13

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alice waters french legionOn Tuesday, chef and restaurateur Alice Waters received a letter from the French embassy informing her that she will soon be receiving the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, or National Order of the Legion of Honor.  This is the highest and most esteemable award that can be given in France.

The order was established by Napoleon Bonaparte, and consists of five ranks. Alice Waters will be awarded the rank of chevalier, or knight.

This is not Waters' first distinguished medal by any means. She is also the recipient of a James Beard award, a Bon Appetit lifetime achievement award, and an induction into the California Hall of Fame.  But the Legion of Honor is quite an appropriately-named achievement, since it is extremely rare for a chef to receive it.  The most recent chef recipient was Julia Child in 1991.

French diplomat Christophe Musitelli explains that Alice "has brought to this country a way to think about cuisine. It's not only the cooking but the philosophy, the emphasis on organic, the support of slow food. For us, she's a very important figure."

Currently, the date and location of the ceremony have yet to be decided. It will take place in either San Francisco or France -- and if Alice Waters has any say in the matter, she says she would choose France. Who wouldn't?

Source: Washington Post

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