The Edible Education 101 course was created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, launched the course in partnership with University of California, Berkeley to bring edible education to the university level. The course, a unique hybrid public lecture series and for-credit class, has been offered to undergraduate students and members of the general public for four semesters since 2011.
The 2015 course is instruced by Garrison Sposito and co-hosted by Mark Bittman and Robert Haas.
RAJ PATEL, an award-winning writer, activist, and academic, is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Senior Research Associate in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. Holding degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University, he has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and continues to be a fellow in The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. Raj co-taught Edible Education in 2014 with Michael Pollan. He was also an IATP Food and Community Fellow from 2011-2013. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the House Financial Services Committee and was an Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics, and public health, he regularly writes for The Guardian and has contributed to the Financial Times, LA Times, NYTimes.com, San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller. He is currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning Director, Steve James.
MARK BITTMAN is an award winning journalist and cookbook author. He has written for the New York Times for 30 years, where he was "The Minimalist" in the Dining pages from 1997 to 2010. He is currently a Times columnist for the Op‐Ed pages (the first to have such a position in a major American newspaper), the Magazine, and the Food section. His books include the now‐standard How to Cook Everything as well as the groundbreaking Food Matters and Vegan Before 6:00, (VB6), which debuted at #1 on the Times Best Seller list. His most recently published book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is also a Times Best Seller. Throughout his career, he has made hundreds of television appearances, including Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's Emmy‐winning documentary on climate change. His numerous professional honors include the James Beard Leadership Award and Books for a Better Life Lifetime Achievement Award.
Edible Education 101 is presented by the Edible Schoolyard Project, UC Berkeley Food Institute, College of Natural Resources, and UC Global Food Initiative with support from the UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Office, and the Epstein-Roth Foundation.
Edible Education 101 artwork designed by Julie Van Scoy.