Stephanie Izard

Chef & Partner

Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the University of Michigan followed by 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. The idea for Girl & the Goat began to take shape after Stephanie met her business partners Rob and Kevin of BOKA Restaurant Group. After taking much time and care in choosing the location in the West Loop, the restaurant opened in Summer 2010.  Stephanie opened Little Goat Diner across the street just a few years later, and then Duck Duck Goat around the corner on Fulton Market in 2016. 

Girl & the Goat was nominated best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and Izard won the Beard award for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2013.  She was also named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2010.

Kevin Boehm
& Rob Katz


After opening 20 successful restaurants over two decades, James Beard award-winning restaurateurs Kevin Boehm & Rob Katz have become one of the nation's most successful owner/operators. They have not only built a successful restaurant group, but have established a restaurant culture built on great chefs, inspired hospitality, and amazing design. Boka has partnerships with 6 chefs: Stephanie Izard, Lee Wolen, Giuseppe Tentori, Paul Virant, Chris Pandel, and Gene Kato. 

In 2002 the two established Boka Restaurant Group. The pair would open 14 restaurants in less than 13 years: Boka (2003), Landmark (2005), Perennial (2008), Girl & the Goat (2010), GT Fish & Oyster (2011), Perennial Virant (2011), Balena (2012), Elaine's Coffee Call (2012), The J. Parker (2012),  Little Goat Diner (2013), Momotaro (2014), and Swift and Sons (2015), and Cold Storage (2016) and now Duck Duck Goat, and establish themselves as one of the great chef-driven groups in the country. 

Boehm and Katz won Restaurateurs of the Year from Time Out Chicago in 2010, the Chicago Tribune in 2011, were named Empire Builders of the Year by Eater National in 2011. They were James Beard semi-finalists for Best Restaurateur in America in 2015, and finalists in 2016. In 2019, Boehm and Kaz won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur.