Stephanie Izard was named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine Tuesday. The annual list, comprising chefs who have run their restaurants for less than five years, tabbed the former "Top Chef'"winner along with a slew of other up-and-comers from throughout the country.
Flipping through F&W's list of past winners is like a roll call of some of the biggest and best chefs in the America. The former winners from Chicago alone puts Izard in exclusive company: Grant Achatz, Koren Grieveson, Paul Kahan, (fellow BOKA chef) Giuseppe Tentori, Paul Virant, Rick Bayless, Graham Elliot, Bruce Sherman, Michael Carlson, Takashi Yagihashi, Jean Joho and Gale Gand.
It has been a whirlwind year for Izard. Since Girl & the Goat opened in July, it has been lauded with great reviews and become a near impossible reservation to snag. And things like Bravo buying out the restaurant last Wednesday for the "Top Chef'" finale aren't making it any easier to get a table.
Just two weeks ago, Girl & the Goat was named as a finalist for a James Beard award in the "best new restaurant" category.
Others named to the "Best New Chef" list include:
- Bowman Brown and Viet Pham of Forage, Salt Lake City
- Jason Franey of Canlis, Seattle
- James Lewis of Bettola, Birmingham
- George Mendes of Aldea, New York
- Carlo Mirarchi of Aldea, Brooklyn
- Joshua Skenes of Saison, San Francisco
- Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus, St. Louis
- Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica, Los Angeles
- Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine and Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin