Ellen Bennett

Ellen Bennett

Ellen Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles based apron and kitchen gear brand whose ethos is to give pride and dignity to those in the kitchen and beyond. Bennett started the company at 24 while working as a line cook at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in LA. She realized the drab, essentially...

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Ellen Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles based apron and kitchen gear brand whose ethos is to give pride and dignity to those in the kitchen and beyond. Bennett started the company at 24 while working as a line cook at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in LA. She realized the drab, essentially disposable aprons that served as their uniforms needed a major upgrade. Reimagining aprons and clothing with feedback from her fellow culinary compatriots, Hedley & Bennett now outfits some of the most  prominent chefs and makers in the world. The company outfits thousands of restaurants worldwide, and is also sold in William Sonoma, Sur La Table and Whole foods and can be seen on Food Network, Bravo, etc. A female owned business, Hedley & Bennett has been featured in Fast Company, Inc. Mag and on the Today Show and MSNBC as an American success story.

Bennett’s approach has always been a straight up hug and real talk. R&D happened in real kitchens and she was able to really listen to what was needed to make a better apron. Aprons led to chef coats which led to work shirts. Hedley & Bennett now makes aprons in a ton of different styles, chef coats for men & women, work shirts, kitchen linens and the MISE knife bag. Ellen has grown Hedley & Bennett into a multimillion-dollar kitchen- wear empire with its “Proper Bad Ass Aprons” and fans like Danny Meyer and Martha Stewart. Her new book Dream First, Details Later tells the story of how she started her company and lays the blueprint for how anyone can quit overthinking and make it happen!

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her potbelly pig, Oliver.

“Her exuberance and optimism is infectious.” — Martha Stewart

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