Steve Ells, the founder, chairman and co-chief executive of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., set out two decades ago to reinvent the notion of fast food. A Culinary Institute of America graduate who once worked as a chef at the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Stars, Ells was inspired by the tiny taquerias of the Mission District, which served fast and affordable food. Ells decided to take that model, but elevate the menu by applying classic cooking techniques used in high-end ...

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