Cooking and Conversation With Stephanie Izard
Renowned chef Stephanie Izard is an expert voice in resilient business strategies and trends of the restaurant industry
Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and entrepreneur STEPHANIE IZARD is looked to in the restaurant industry as an expert in business and upcoming trends. This expertise was recognized when DoorDash appointed her as their first Chief Restaurant Advisor. Her role is an integrated advisory role, where Izard speaks as the voice of the industry to DoorDash, helping DoorDash’s culture consider restaurateurs more. As a liaison, she will help strengthen DoorDash’s relationship with local restaurants. Izard was selected for this role as she is an influence in the industry and knowledgeable about trends and changes within it. She also is an executive chef and owner of restaurants Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat, Cabra, and Girl & the Goat LA, as well as the author of Girl in the Kitchen and Gather & Graze. "DoorDash has been a long-time supporter of Izard and her impactful work, as she is not only an influential, globally-recognized chef and a James Beard Foundation Award Winner, but is also a well-respected industry leader and operator who keeps a pulse on the day-to-day needs of local restaurants," said Chief Revenue Officer Tom Pickett.
Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes” recipient 2013, and 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” is the Executive Chef and Owner of four Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat and Cabra, along with the forthcoming Girl & the Goat LA.
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. In March 2016, Stephanie opened her third restaurant, a Chinese concept called Duck Duck Goat in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. In 2019, Stephanie’s Peruvian-inspired eatery, Cabra Cevicheria, opened on the rooftop of The Hoxton, Chicago.
Izard was awarded the coveted title of “Iron Chef” after winning season 1 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 home the title of “Fan Favorite.”
Among other projects, Izard has a product line called “This Little Goat,” consisting of cooking sauces and spice mixes for home cooks and a nationwide meal kit service called “Girl & the Goat by Stephanie Izard” in partnership with Goldbelly. Izard’s first book, Girl in the Kitchen, was released in 2011 and her second book Gather & Graze was released in April 2018.