Stephanie Izard attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, then returned to Chicago in 2000 to pursue her culinary career. After cooking at various Chicago restaurants for amazing chefs (Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong; Sean McClain at Spring; Dale Levitski at La Tache) she opened her first restaurant, Scylla, in Bucktown in 2004.
A few years later she had the opportunity to compete on Bravo’s Top Chef, which she won along with being named fan favorite. In 2010, Stephanie opened Girl & the Goat with her business partners Rob and Kevin of BOKA Restaurant Group. Across the street, Stephanie opened Little Goat Diner just a few years later.