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Macy's spices up culinary council with new chef

NEW YORK — Macy's has added chef, restaurateur, author and television star Stephanie Izard to its Culinary Council, an exclusive team of the country's finest chefs who serve to inspire the way Macy's customers shop, cook and eat at home. A James Beard Award nominee, Food & Wine "Best New Chef" and winner of Bravo's "Top Chef" (Season Four), Izard will serve as an ambassador for Macy's Home department alongside fellow Macy's Culinary Council chefs including Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai and Wolfgang Puck. 

"I'm so honored to be part of the Macy's Culinary Council with chefs that I have looked up to in one way or another my entire career," said Chef Stephanie Izard. "I am really happy to have the chance to interact more with Macy's shoppers by sharing some of my favorite recipes and cooking tips." 

"Since its launch in 2003, Macy's Culinary Council has included a diverse, talented and dynamic assortment of distinguished chefs," said Amy Kule, group vice president for Macy's parade and entertainment group. "Inviting Stephanie to join allows Macy's to celebrate emerging new culinary stars and bring their talent straight to our customers through Macy's Culinary Council in-store events and broad-based initiatives. Stephanie is an acclaimed chef, successful restaurateur and television favorite, making her a perfect fit for the Council." 

 Izard, Food & Wine "Best New Chef" and James Beard Award nominee, is the executive chef/partner of two Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat and Little Goat. A 2011 James Beard "Best New Restaurant" nominee, Girl & the Goat has been praised by many high-profile publications. Izard is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has worked in some of the most respected kitchens in Chicago including La Tache, Spring and Vong. She previously owned the highly-acclaimed restaurant Scylla, which she sold just prior to appearing on and winning season four of Bravo's "Top Chef." Izard's first book, "Girl in the Kitchen," was released in the fall of 2011 (Chronicle). Izard also has a newly launched product line called "The Flavor, By Stephanie Izard," consisting of sauces and rubs. To learn more about Izard visit www.stephanieizard.com or follow her on Twitter @StephAndTheGoat.