Jen Agg, the Toronto restaurateur, talks about her days.

Outspoken Assessments of the Restaurant Scene’s Machismo

Outspoken Assessments of the Restaurant Scene’s Machismo

Conversations with powerful women.
Oct. 8 2018 7:00 AM

Women in Charge: Jen Agg

The pioneering Toronto restaurateur on female leadership in the industry.

Jen Agg.
Jen Agg.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani.

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What’s it like to be a woman who runs a small empire of restaurants? On this episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner talks to Jen Agg, the Toronto-based restaurateur, formerly of The Black Hoof and Agrikol, whose newest venture is a reimagined diner called Le Swan. Agg has made herself known as an outspoken critic of the restaurant scene and is the author of I Hear She’s a Real Bitch.


In this interview, they speak about building a team you trust, the careful art of creating atmosphere, and navigating the masculinity of the restaurant business.

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