Chipotle: Steve Ells (2017) In 1992, Steve Ells was a classically trained chef working in a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. But after eating a burrito at a local taqueria, he got an idea: to sell burritos and earn enough money to open his own gourmet restaurant. The first Chipotle opened in Denver the following year. Bringing his culinary training to taqueria-style service, Steve Ells helped transform the way we eat fast food.

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Chipotle: Steve Ells (2017)

Chipotle: Steve Ells (2017)

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Steve Ells, founder of Chipotle.
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In 1992, Steve Ells was a classically trained chef working in a high-end restaurant in San Francisco.

But after eating a burrito at a local taqueria, he got an idea: to sell burritos and earn enough money to open his own gourmet restaurant. The first Chipotle opened in Denver the following year.

Bringing his culinary training to taqueria-style service, Steve Ells helped transform the way we eat fast food.

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