Dec. 17, 2012
No. 2: Steve Ells
Founder and co-CEO, Chipotle
When Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle in Denver in 1993, his goals were modest: He "just wanted a place where you could eat delicious food made of the finest ingredients quickly and affordably." Now, more than 900 restaurants later ,Ells is not only one of Gourmet magazine’s top 25 food entrepreneurs of all time, he’s becoming a friend to the animals, an enemy of antibiotics and a champion of farmers.
True, his company is going through some immigration trouble, but Chipotle is back in the news in a good way, all thanks to the man who put it there in the first place
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