Stephanie Izard is a 21st century chef.
The "Top Chef Season 4" winner -- in addition to opening a restaurant the Drunken Goat, later this year -- just launched a weekly podcast series and blog chronicling all manner of adventures as a now-recognizable face. She's Twittering, of course. Oh, and writing a cookbook.
It's easy to see why Izard was voted fan favorite on the show. She's just so freakin' likable. Though the first podcast has shades of hokeyness -- it opens with her voiceover as she writes in a journal a la Bridget Jones -- it gets better, thanks to a Yoda doll and some groovy tunes. She just looks like she's having fun.
And she gets points for loading her site with personal photos, recipes and other stuff that makes us feel like we're a part of her world.
Though "Top Chef" lost its edge a while back, at least this Top Chef hasn't.