From a very early age, food was influential in Adrienne Lo's life. She worked in a restaurant while still in college and then spent a year volunteering on farms in Italy. After returning to the U.S., she got a job at Whole Foods in Chicago. Lo and colleague Abe Conlon then teamed up to start an underground supper club in the city. They eventually decided to open a restaurant specializing in food inspired by the flavors of Macau, a former Portuguese territory that is now part of China.

Fat Rice, as it is called, opened in 2012, serving what the owners call "Euro-Asian comfort food." It has been named one of the 50 best restaurants in the world by Diners Club, one of many awards Fat Rice has received.

Watch Lo explain Fat Rice's innovative labor and benefit solutions: 

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