After changing into the primary feminine winner of High Chef, the Illinois-native returned to Chicago and set about constructing a restaurant empire, starting with the opening of Lady and the Goat in 2010. As of 2015, she’d opened three eating places in complete. In 2011, she revealed Lady within the Kitchen, her first cookbook, and, in 2016, launched This Little Goat, a line of bottled sauces and spice mixes. A 12 months later, she competed within the first season of Meals Community’s Iron Chef Gauntlet, beating Iron Cooks Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, changing into an Iron Chef within the course of. She married craft beer marketing consultant Gary Valentine in 2013. The couple welcomed a son, Ernie, in 2016.