Stephanie Izard Focuses on Cooking, Not Gender

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As exciting as was for Stephanie Izard to be named the first female winner on Top Chef, the kitchen connoisseur wants to make one thing clear:

"I never think of myself as a woman chef.  I'm just a good chef.  I don't see why we have to be talked about as male or female."

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Izard is nothing if not confident. Adding credence her claim of simply being the best this season was the fact that she was voted the fans' favorite contestant after filming was through.

"We were having the reunion show, and [show judge] Tom [Colicchio] was talking about how they came up with the decision, and I really believe that it was their decision.  They compared our meals. I  think [other Top Chef finalist] Richard and I are both good chefs, but he just didn't make as great of a meal that night.

So yeah, people can believe and say whatever they want; I just know in my heart that I worked really hard for that," she said.

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