8 Women Who Are Changing the Face of Food

8 Women Who Are Changing the Face of Food
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8 Women Who Are Changing the Face of Food

Check out this slideshow to learn about 8 women who have helped shape the world of food.

Amanda Haas: Food Educator
Haas is revolutionizing the way we eat by going back to the basics. A firm believer in family dining, Haas launched One Family One Meal, an organization which encourages families to sit down for meals together and to eat one meal as opposed to different dishes for each family member. The group offers family-friendly recipes, menu plans, and easy ways to stick to a budget, making this habit as easy as possible for families. Haas knows that families that eat together, stay together (and that eating the same meal can help save money!) and works to spread the message across the country.

For more on Amanda Haas, check out her video on MAKERS.

Alice Waters: Groundbreaking Chef

Proprietor of Chez Panisse for nearly 40 years, Waters has established herself as a leader in the world of sustainable and local food. She was also the first woman to be named "Chef of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation. Waters not only follows responsible practices at her renowned restaurant, but is also dedicated to teaching others about them. In 1996, she debuted The Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. The nationally-celebrated garden space and classroom are accompanied by classes on the food cycle to educate the next generation to help establish a sustainable future.

For more on Alice Waters, check out her video on MAKERS.

Kris Carr: Cancer Survivor and Author

Carr was diagnosed with a rare, incurable form of cancer at 31. Rather than give up, Carr decided to transform herself. She completely overhauled her lifestyle, infusing it with healthy eating, green juice, activity, and spirituality. She not only improved her own health but ignited a wellness revolution, a Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution! Her documentary and five books have offered hope, empowerment and health to many, many people.

For more on Kris Carr, check out her video on MAKERS.

Ellen Gustafson: Food System Activist

Gustafson has changed the way we view global food-related problems, connecting the issues of obesity and hunger with her 30 Project. The organization strives to envision a healthy and sustainable food system 30 years down the road by taking a look at what went wrong over the past 30 years, during which obesity and hunger have both increased. She is also the powerhouse behind the ChangeDinner and HealthClass2.0 campaigns which both strive to change the current, flawed food system. Previously, multi-talented Gustafson co-founded FEED Projects, served as a spokesperson for the UN World Food Program and reported for ABC News Investigative Unit.

For more on Ellen Gustafson, check out her video on MAKERS.

Andrea Reusing: Award Winning Chef

Reusing's Chapel Hill eatery, Lantern, features celebrated farm-to-table, Asian-inspired cuisine. Lantern was named News & Observer's "Restaurant of the Year" and Reusing was honored with the 2011 James Beard Award for "Best Chef." Reusing, a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, is known for using seasonal, local ingredients and celebrates cooking with the season in mind in her 2011 cookbook, Cooking in the Moment.

For more on Andrea Reusing, check out her video on MAKERS.

Renee Loux: Green Expert and Chef

Author, chef, activist, television personality and expert, Loux does it all when it comes to eco-living. She has been involved in the environmental movement for more than a dozen years. An expert on raw foods, Loux has left her mark through four books on green living and as host of "It's Easy Being Green" on the Scripps Network.

For more on Renee Loux, check out her video on MAKERS.

Nikki Henderson: Local Food Activist
Henderson serves as the executive director of People's Grocery, an organization working to improve the well-being of the West Oakland, California community through local food. The organization hopes to bring healthy food to all and currently has a community garden, a greenhouse and cooking classes. The organization is also launching an actual grocery, People's Community Market. The new marketplace will offer nutrition counseling, free health screenings and incentives for healthy purchases,

For more on Nikki Henderson, check out her video on MAKERS.

Gabrielle Hamilton: Chef & Author
The owner and chef of Prune in New York City, Hamilton was named "Best Chef NYC 2011" by the James Beard Foundation. Also an accomplished author, she has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ and Food & Wine and penned a New York Times bestseller, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. The volume earned an award from the James Beard Foundation for "Writing and Literature" in 2012.

For more on Gabrielle Hamilton, check out her video on MAKERS.


With environmentally sound practices and healthy eating initiatives, the world of food is continually transitioning. Women have played a particularly large role in these changes throughout history and still today. Here, we celebrate women who are pushing the envelop and helping form a sustainable earth and healthy population.

Check out the slideshow above to learn about 8 women who are shaping the world of food, visit MAKERS for more stories of incredible women.

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