This piece appears in Season 2, Episode 7 of FoodieTV, a free iOS app showcasing the best stories about food from all around the world. Get the app here: foodie.tv/install

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With her two mottos, “wake up and fight” and “if the front door isn’t open, climb in through the window,” former line-cook turned entrepreneur Ellen Bennett has captured the attention of the culinary world. From Alinea to Momofuku, from Gramercy Tavern to Per Se, chefs and restaurateurs have adopted her simple-yet-stunning aprons as their kitchen uniforms.

In “Ellen’s Aprons”, the first original short film from Foodie, we meet the vivacious force behind the Los Angeles-based Hedley & Bennett. Follow along as she creates her sought-after custom aprons with an immaculate attention to detail. “When I started, I didn’t think I was going to have an apron company,” she says, “But dreams are dreams and someone’s got to do them, right?”

Her exuberant personality has charmed admirers worldwide — before starting Hedley & Bennett, she was a model and lottery announcer in Mexico City, then worked as a line cook at LA’s Providence and Lazy Ox — and makes her an excellent ambassador for the bustling business community of downtown LA, where her aprons are designed and made.

Now in its second season, FoodieTV is the acclaimed iOS app that presents five compelling short films about our food and the stories behind it each week. With “Ellen’s Aprons”, which is produced by Life & Thyme for Foodie, we are proud to join the ranks of producers and filmmakers creating these stories.

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