Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes” recipient 2013, and 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef”, is the Executive Chef / Partner of two Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat and Little Goat. A 2011 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” nominee, Girl & the Goat has been praised by high-profile publications such as Saveur, 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. This summer, Stephanie will open her third restaurant, a Chinese concept called Duck Duck Goat in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. 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”. Among other recent projects, Izard launched the product line called The Flavor, By Stephanie Izard, consisting of sauces and spices available for purchase for the home cook. Izard’s first book, “Girl in the Kitchen”, was released in the Fall of 2011 (Chronicle).