Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes” recipient 2013 and 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” is the Executive Chef/Partner of four Chicago restaurants: Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat, and Cabra, along with the forthcoming Girl & the Goat LA. Izard was also awarded the coveted title of “Iron Chef” after winning season one of Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet. Additionally, Izard was the first woman to win Bravo’s Top Chef (season 4/2008) and is the only winner of the original version of the show to take the title of “Fan Favorite.”
A 2011 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” nominee, Girl & the Goat has been praised by high-profile publications such as Saveur, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Better Homes and Gardens, and others. Little Goat, Stephanie’s highly successful follow-up to Girl & the Goat, encompasses a diner, coffee shop, bakery, and bar. In March 2016, Stephanie opened her third restaurant, a Chinese concept called Duck Duck Goat in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. In April 2019, Stephanie opened Cabra Cevicheria, where she showcases Peruvian-inspired cuisine.
Among other projects, Izard has a product line called “This Little Goat,” consisting of cooking sauces and spice mixes for home cooks. Izard’s first book, “Girl in the Kitchen,” was released in 2011 and her second book, “Gather & Graze,” was released in April 2018.