Jake Gyllenhaal to spread the Alice Waters gospel

Jake Gyllenhaal: newly elected Ambassador for the Edible Schoolyard program.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has joined the Chez Panisse Foundation as an Ambassador for Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard program.

Gyllenhaal, who is currently baring more than his good conscience alongside an equally naked Anne Hathaway in the newly released movie Love and Other Drugs, will bring some Hollywood wattage to the Berkeley-based program which teaches students in schools across the country how to grow and cook their own food.

Gyllenhaal’s appointment represents the launch of an Ambassador program for the Edible Schoolyard, which until now has limited its celebrity affiliations to its Advisory Board. “We are excited that Jake Gyllenhaal will be helping us fundraise and spread our message,” said Foundation spokesperson David Prior. Prior added that there is no word yet on who, if anyone, might join the actor as fellow ambassadors.

In a statement, Gyllenhaal said he had long admired Alice Waters’ work. “I  care deeply about helping children better their health, communities and environment… The Chez Panisse Foundation is not only offering an education that students will benefit from for the rest of their lives, but they’re a leading force in the movement to change the future of this country’s youngest generations.”

Alice Waters, meanwhile, said: “We are so lucky to have someone so charismatic and thoughtful who cares deeply about the philosophy of Edible Education. As an acclaimed actor, Jake has the ability to help us reach people in communities all around the world.”

The Edible Schoolyard’s star-studded Advisory Board includes names such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frances McDormand, Bette Midler, Jamie Oliver, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

It’s worth noting, for the record, that when Gyllenhaal visited Berkeley recently — perhaps to close the deal with Waters — he chose to eat on a daily basis not at the hallowed tables of Chez Panisse, but rather across the street at the slightly more down to earth Café Gratitude.

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  • laura menard

    Yo Jake,

    since “LOVE and other Drugs” will profit from exploiting the pain of Parkinson disease it would be great if you could spread the LOVE and help the Parkinson disease community develop a philanthropic organization dedicated to supportive housing options specially designed for Parkinson disease. there is definitely a need, and I have finally located the model in St Paul, so we know how to build the program the solutions we need the private financial support to partner with public support to make young onset PD supportive housing a reality. If you or any of your Hollywood friends are interested please contact me.

    Promoting healthy eating is great, but getting down into the world of actually helping those living with serious disease is also a very worthy cause, especially as the government safety net is getting thinner.

  • Annie

    Please keep posting pictures of Jake.

  • Tim C.

    C’mon people, this is Berkeley..we’re not supposed to be into celebrity worship…that’s so LA.

  • Tim C: I know what you mean, but you saw Annie’s comment, right? She’s probably not alone in liking a little Hollywood eye candy from time to time.

    But we promise we won’t make a habit of being star-struck on Berkeleyside.

  • Peggy

    I’m with Annie. And Tim, remember even Scrooge learned to love Tiny Tim.

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  • I like the news and the Jake.