Stephanie Izard

Chef, Restaurateur

Chicago

Before becoming a celebrity chef, Stephanie Izard earned her culinary stripes in some of Chicago’s most respected kitchens. The University of Michigan and Scottsdale Culinary Institute grad worked at notable eateries such as Vong, Spring and La Tache. Then in 2006, she opened her own restaurant, Scylla, in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. She closed the well-regarded Scylla in 2008, around the same time she was chosen to compete on Bravo’s Top Chef. After winning the reality-show competition, Izard teamed up with Boka Restaurant Group to open Girl & the Goat in 2010, which immediately received praise — so much so that she opened a sister restaurant, Little Goat, two years later. Izard released her first book Girl in the Kitchen in fall 2011, and has been nominated for various James Beard Awards.