In an effort to continue listening and adapting to support local restaurants, DoorDash appointed Stephanie Izard, Chef and Owner of Girl and the Goat, as its first-ever Chief Restaurant Advisor. Izard will work in an integrated advisory role, acting as a "Voice of the Industry" within DoorDash and as an influential liaison between DoorDash and the restaurant industry.
As the Chief Restaurant Advisor, Izard will be an instrumental part of DoorDash’s culture and decision-making to ensure restaurateurs have a seat at the table. The new Chief Restaurant Advisor role is one of the ways in which DoorDash is continuing to listen to partners, so it can better serve the merchant community and take action to build an even stronger relationship with local restaurants.
Over the past eight years, DoorDash has created a suite of services and products to support restaurants in growing their businesses, in turn empowering the local economies and communities they serve. The last year hasn’t been easy for the restaurant industry at-large, which is why DoorDash unveiled its new Partnership Plans to help create more choices and flexibility for restaurants and announced its five-year, $200 million Main Street Strong Pledge to support merchants, Dashers, and customers in navigating the ever-changing world around us. DoorDash's industry-first Restaurant Advisory Council – a group of business owners, chefs and operators from across the U.S and Canada – is another way it developed a forum for input and feedback from industry leaders to shape its products and services.
"DoorDash has been a long-time supporter of Izard and her impactful work, as she is not only an influential, globally-recognized chef and a James Beard Foundation Award Winner, but is also a well-respected industry leader and operator who keeps a pulse on the day-to-day needs of local restaurants," says Chief Revenue Officer Tom Pickett. "Throughout the pandemic, Stephanie has embodied the resiliency we’ve seen across the nation, finding ways to pivot rapidly to further grow her online channels."
"Joining DoorDash as its first-ever Chief Restaurant Advisor during such an important time, where optimism across the industry is bouncing back, energizes me," Izard says. "This is an opportunity that I don’t take lightly, as I know that bringing the voice of the local restaurants to leadership is critical to enact meaningful change. DoorDash believes wholeheartedly that it needs to “make room at the table” and “think outside the room” each and every day, and the Chief Restaurant Advisor role is one of the ways this is being accomplished."