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Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat in Chicago. Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat in Chicago. (Photo: John Parra / Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)

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Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago

Stephanie Izard opened her first restaurant Scylla (now closed) at just 27. She was the first female chef to win Bravo’s "Top Chef," and now owns three award-winning restaurants in Chicago. Izard was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2010, and her Girl & the Goat was a James Beard Best New Restaurant nominee in 2011.

The Little Goat Diner is a playful spinoff serving Cereal Killers (breakfast) all day, Sammiches and the Goat Almighty burger. There’s also Duck Duck Goat serving “reasonably authentic” Chinese cuisine and a line of cooking sauces and spice blends called This Little Goat.

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