Winning Top Chef Season 4 made Stephanie Izard a celebrity. Now she has an excellent new restaurant, Chicago's The Girl & The Goat, to keep people talking. Here, 10 of her passions.
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1. Workout Gear
"Lululemon makes yoga-inspired outfits. I think it's the best workout gear ever. lululemon.com."
"Last year, I dove in Honduras with dolphins and reef sharks. One shark got his head stuck in the feeding bucket: He looked like a dog playing with a toy."
3. Go-To Dish
"Everyone who tastes my mushroom ragout loves it. I can make it with almost any mushroom. I serve it with fish, I serve it with pasta and I serve it as a side dish, too."
4. Fish Purveyor
"Sea to Table connects chefs directly with fishermen. It's the kind of sustainable company I like to support. They organize a 'rodeo' in the Bahamas where people spear the lionfish that have overrun the reef. sea2table.com."
5. Driving Music
"Lately, I've been listening to 'Mexico' by James Taylor. I just play it over and over in my car, and I go on a little fake vacation to Mexico when I hear it."
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"I love old-fashioneds. We bought our own barrel of bourbon from Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky, and now we're aging old-fashioneds in the barrel."
7. Country Music
"Singer Zac Brown came into The Girl & The Goat recently. One of my butchers is really into his music. It's hysterical to see a big, hard-core tattooed guy breaking down whole animals and listening to country music."
"My favorite flavor is the salted peanut from Chicago's new Black Dog Gelato. blackdogchicago.com."
"'Izard' is a type of goat from the Pyrenees mountains, so I wanted to include a goat reference in my restaurant name. And then I had to put goat on the menu; I realized how much I love it."
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10. TV Show
"I started watching 24 on DVD after Dennis Haysbert [David Palmer] ate in my restaurant two nights in a row. He has the nicest voice, and he's into food. Now I'm obsessed with 24."