Ina Pinkney paved her own way as the ''Breakfast Queen''

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: January 7, 2019, 5:38PM

Not everyone knows their niche early on in their career. Ina Pinkney took a while to figure hers out— but once she did, she really figured it out. "I had 21 jobs in my life and I was fired from 19 of them," she told Start TV. "Because I could never fit the corporate culture."

When she was 37, though, she baked her first cake. Not only was she good at it, but it was something she could pursue a career out of. Judging by the fact that she could never seem to find a good breakfast restaurant back in the '80s, she decided to open her own fine dining breakfast spot in Chicago, which lasted for over 30 years.

Now post-retirement, she mentors young female chefs. "I always tell them," she said, "That there is great power in being underestimated."


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