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"Although queso was the No. 1-requested menu item, we never added it to our menu before now because we wouldn't use the industrial additives used in most quesos," said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. "Additives make typical queso very consistent and predictable, but are not at all in keeping with our food culture. Our queso may vary slightly depending on the characteristics of the aged cheddar cheese used in each batch, but using only real ingredients is what makes our food so delicious."
Chipotle, which opened its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, now operates more than 2,300 restaurants.
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