Jen Agg officially became a star on the Toronto restaurant scene with the opening of The Black Hoof in 2008. She’s now the owner of three more popular locales in the city, including Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner, and her latest, Grey Gardens, as well as Montréal’s Agrikol restaurant. This level of success is not a common feat for a woman in the industry — a fact that Jen is well aware of, and highly vocal about. Already prolific on social media with her opinions on the industry’s treatment of women, in May she published her first memoir, the aptly named I Hear She’s a Real Bitch. It comically chronicles her life, from childhood to her professional career, and includes the steps she has taken to create an equitable work environment at her own establishments. In an industry where women need an advocate, Jen has gladly taken on the role.