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Dan Barber

Biographical Note

The youngest person to be interviewed for this project (a 1992 graduate of Tufts University), Dan Barber is nevertheless a celebrity chef with multiple James Beard Foundation awards to his credit. He is well-known, not only for his restaurants: Blue Hill in New York's Greenwich Village and Blue Hill at Stones Barns in Westchester County on the Rockefeller family estate in Pocantico Hills about an hour's drive from Manhattan, but also for his role as an advocate for a sustainable approach to cooking and a healthier food system.

A popular speaker and frequent writer on these issues, in 2009 Barber was included in Time Magazine's annual list of the world's most influential people. Barber is a member of President Barack Obama's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition as well as the Advisory Board to the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and The Global Environment.

This interview covers his early life, education and development as a chef—he insists he wasn't all that good a cook when he started out—and as an advocate for healthy, responsible, flavorful eating.

Access Points

Barber, Dan
Barber. David
Barber. Laureen
Batterberry, Michael
Bouley, David
Rockefeller, David, 1915-
Shipley, David, 1963-

Blue Hill Farm (Great Barrington, Mass)
Blue Hill (Restaurant)
La Cigale (Restaurant)
President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (U.S.)
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (Pocantico Hills, N.Y)

Agricultural processing industries
Community-supported agriculture
Cooking, American
Dinners and dining
Farm produce
Farmer's markets
Food industry and trade -- United States
Local foods
Restaurant management

Interview 1, February 15, 2011

Box: Electronic Records, E-records: MSS_309.ref134.1 (Material Type: electronic records)

Interview 2, March 8, 2011

Box: Electronic Records, E-records: MSS_309.ref202.1 (Material Type: electronic records)

Interview 3, March 15, 2011

Box: Electronic Records, E-records: MSS_309.ref206.1 (Material Type: electronic records)
Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012