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General Information

Name:  Stephanie Izard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Other

Born: 1976 in Evanston, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Stephanie Izard was born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. While she grew up in Stamford, Connecticut she moved back to Chicago in 2001.

Biographical and Professional Information

After graduating from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, she worked at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, as well as a couple other restaurants, but then made the very spur-of-the-moment decision to pack up and move to Chicago in 2001 working at various restaurants. In 2006, she branched out on her own with the Bucktown restaurant Scylla, which was quickly named one of the 10 best restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. Being both owner and chef of her own place was a huge learning experience, but she opted to close in 2008. Around the time of Scylla's closing, Izard was picked to compete on Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning series “Top Chef: Season Four,” which she ultimately won, becoming the only woman in the history of the show to take the title. Izard was the first Top Chef to both win four elimination challenges and to be at the top of elimination challenges a total of 10 times.

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