Food for Thought: Is Alice Waters Cooking Up a Restaurant in a Museum?

Alice Waters may be bringing her garden-fresh, local fare to a museum in the near future. The chef, author, and proprietor of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse recently hinted that such a project is in the works. “I’ve always wanted to do a restaurant in a museum,” Waters told Elle Decor’s Ingrid Abramovitch in an interview that appears in the magazine’s July/August issue. “There are a couple of possibilities on the horizon. For now, that’s all I can say.” No word as to whether this would be an initiative of her Edible Schoolyard Project. Meanwhile, Waters was more forthcoming about her love of design (“If I weren’t involved with food, I’d be working in architecture.”) and cited Christopher Alexander‘s A Pattern Language as a major influence. “[Alexander] wrote about how architecture can be used to convey universal values,” she said. “After a fire in Chez Panisse’s kitchen that burned down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, I decided not to put it back. For the first time, the light from the dining room flowed into the kitchen. The cooks and I could look out and see the sunset. For the diners, it demystified what was happening in the kitchen. It’s been a revelation.”