Finally back home tonight from a fun filled week in AZ visiting family. It makes my transition in CA easier when I get to see my family often like this!

I don’t know about all of you, but I am a faithful Top Chef watcher! Last Friday I had the opportunity to chat on the phone with Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef Season 4. I am a huge fan of the show, so it was so much fun talking with her and she couldn’t have been nicer. She was at the Food and Wine Festival in Miami during our talk saying how great the festival was rubbing elbows with chefs from all over the country.

She said she is finishing up her new restaurant hoping to open early summer of this year. “It’s sort of a Mediterranean-inspired gastropub,” she says. “Fun and casual is what I’m going for.” I asked Stephanie if the Quickfire Challenges are as crazy as they seem on the show and she said yes, the time goes so fast so everyone is running around like crazy.

She also said she will start blogging on Bravo.com about the show and will be a part of the new Quaker Oats Viewer Quickfire Challenge that Bravo is hosting.

I know we talked about more, but my brain is tired and I wish I would have taken notes! I have loved all of the great opportunities that have come from writing Picky Palate. I’ll be sure to continue sharing them with all of you!

Stephanie Izard
It’s great to be back home, I’ll see you all soon with some good cookin!