Ellen Yin

As the founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG), restaurateur Ellen Yin operates four of the country’s most noteworthy restaurants and bars: Fork, High Street on Market, High Street Provisions and a.kitchen+bar in Philadelphia and High Street on Hudson in Manhattan. In 2019, Yin was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s award for “Outstanding Restaurateur” for the second consecutive year; she was previously a semifinalist for the prestigious award in 2017.

Food Republic has called Yin “the woman who first transformed Philadelphia’s dining scene,” and Eater called her “a trailblazer of the farm-to-table movement.” Since she debuted Fork in 1997, Yin’s leadership has included overseeing a team of talented professionals in all areas of the restaurant, from award-winning chefs to gracious and hospitable managers and front-of-house staff. Together with partner Eli Kulp, Yin fosters a creative and welcoming environment. Alums of HSHG restaurants have often gone on to earn their own James Beard Award nominations, and they frequently credit Yin with mentoring them during their time at HSHG.

Yin is also the author of Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro (Temple University Press, 2007), a thoughtful chronicle of her ongoing success at creating and maintaining a definitive American bistro in Philadelphia’s historic Old City. Over the years, she has employed a number of dynamic chefs to keep Fork’s menu and concept fresh; since bringing Chef Kulp to Philadelphia in late 2012, and later making him her business partner, she has expanded her smartly built family of restaurants to include more top locations and exciting talent. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves on the board of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the Arden Theater Company and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital.