UPDATED: Rumor-mongering: Stephanie Izard to be a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef
UPDATE 4/5/11 10:30am: In a (now deleted) tweet, Izard confirmed that she is one of Food & Wine's 2011 Best New Chefs. Congratulations!
Saveur called it the country's best new restaurant. The James Beard Foundation short-listed it for Best New Restaurant. Last week, Bravo bought it out for the Top Chef All-Stars finale. And now, as Food & Wine magazine is about to announce its 2011 Best New Chefs, it looks like Girl & the Goat is about to snag one more well-deserved national honor.
"Headed to NYC this morning... some fun news that i'll share in a couple days!" Girl & the Goat chef-owner Stephanie Izard tweeted yesterday. (In her charmingly irreverent Twitter style, she ended the message by asking: "Where should i go for some new jeans?") Of course, Izard's taking a trip to NYC is nothing new; when she and Boka Restaurant Group's Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm were researching their next project—a diner called the Little Goat—the crew also made a visit to the Big Apple.
But as Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin sends out teaser tweets today for the big announcement tomorrow, we wouldn't be surprised if Izard joined the talented crew of Chicago chefs—including Mike Sheerin (2010), Avec's Koren Grieveson (2008), Boka and GT Fish & Oyster's Giuseppe Tentori (2008), Vie and Perennial Virant's Paul Virant (2007) and Schwa's Michael Carlson (2006)—who've been recognized by the magazine. Nothing has been confirmed by F&W, but let's just say, we weren't wrong last year.