From Line Cook to CEO: Ellen Bennet Shares How She Built a Multi-Million Dollar Apron Empire
The Second Life podcast by Who What Wear is dedicated to spotlighting successful women who have mastered the art of the career change. This week features an expanded version of their interview with Ellen Bennett, the cook-turned-businesswoman who gave the restaurant uniform an update with her stylish aprons.
Hedley and Bennett aprons clothe the staff in 6000 restaurants and coffee shops across the U.S. and Canada. Ellen Bennett, the woman behind the company, was working for a two-starred Michelin restaurant in Los Angeles when she was struck with a thought: why are the uniforms so drab, cheap, and disposable? Displeased with the quality of her work uniform, Bennett decided to do something about it. “Every good business starts with a need,” Bennett explains. “This was a need that I had and then I looked around and thought ‘OK, all of these people need that too.’”
The episode charts her journey from eighteen-year-old restaurant management student living and working in Mexico City, to working in some of L.A.’s most beloved eateries, to building and running her very own apron empire.
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