About us


Launched in 2016, ESL Works was born out of a need for accessible, relevant English training in the food and hospitality industry. Our entire team comes from either restaurants, ESL, Human Resources, or all of the above. You name it, we’ve likely worked it. But that’s not the only reason why we’re here. A need for quality, accessible skills training is on the rise, and we believe we have the solution that will give rise to financial opportunity for the entire global workforce.



Rachael Nemeth is the Founder and CEO of ESL Works. A food industry veteran with 15 years experience managing people and operations, Rachael has worked with some of NYC’s most respected food businesses: Union Square Hospitality Group, Baked, and Hot Bread Kitchen. She began teaching English to food industry employees 8 years ago as a volunteer, and quickly recognized the value of ESL as an industry-specific training tool. The growth of ESL Works is propelled by her firm resolve to make training for hourly employees a standard workplace benefit.



Full-stack leader. Former CTO/Co-founder Purple Squirrel (marketplace for mentorship matching), CTO & Managing Director JWT Inside (Recruitment advertising and employer branding), Food enthusiast!

Kai Yen

Co-founder | CTO

17-year restaurant veteran in kitchen and guest-facing roles — literally every job. Experienced adult ESL instructor. Taught at various community-based organizations. Certified TESOL at The New School.

Coffee in hand at all times.

DIANA angelo

OPerations manager