Steve Ells founded Chipotle in Denver in 1993. 

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, was named the recipient of the 2013 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award from the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Ells will receive the award at the fifth annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovators Awards on June 4, 2013 at Cipriani in New York City.