Iliana Regan is a self-taught chef. She is the founder and owner of the Michelin-starred "new gatherer" restaurant Elizabeth and the Japanese-inspired pub Kitsune, both located in Chicago. Her cuisine highlights her midwestern roots and the pure flavor of the often foraged ingredients of her upbringing. A James Beard Award and Jean Banchet Award nominee, Regan was named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2016.
Praise for Iliana Regan's memoir BURN THE PLACE: "A remarkable exploration of the [memoir] form... Burn the Place is a 'chef memoir' only in the sense that the author turned out to be a chef. More rightly, it belongs on a shelf with the great memoirs of addiction, of gender ambivalence and queer coming-of-age, of the grand disillusionment that comes from revisiting, as a clear-eyed adult, the deceptive perfection of childhood."-The New Yorker "This raw and emotional memoir testifies to the power of persistence and grit. With vivid description, we explore Regan's almost inborn connection to food and the earth, her rise as a queer woman in a male dominated industry, and her journey to sobriety." -Real Simple "With this deeply personal work, Iliana reminds us that there is great strength in vulnerability. Her story is one of resilience, determination, and vision."-Rene Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma "[A] blistering yet tender story of a woman transforming Midwestern cooking, in a fresh voice all her own." -Publishers Weekly "It turns out that Iliana Regan writes the way she cooks: with a voice that's bold and soulful, tender and tough, impossible to ignore, and utterly her own. Burn the Place is much more than an account of hustling in the kitchen. It's a story about identity and addiction. It's about getting creative and becoming a boss. And it's full of scenes of gothic drama that still give me goosebumps when I think of them." -Jeff Gordinier, author of Hungry "The dynamic story of a dynamic life."-Ms. "What bold new voice is this? Iliana Regan is out to shake up the literary world in the same way she's shaken the culinary world. Unexpected, flavorful, and distinctive, Burn the Place is a debut to savor." -Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs "Renowned chef Iliana Regan turns stuffy patriarchal stereotypes upside down. She is self-taught, charismatic, delightfully foul-mouthed, and utterly devoid of pretension as she parallels her ascent in the culinary world with a past strewn with AA chips, jail cell stints, and brutal family losses. This groundbreaking memoir reinvents the well-worn trope of the "bad boy" superstar chef, presenting us instead with a palpably vulnerable, complicatedly feminist, and sexy-queer-girl genius who takes no prisoners, including herself. Regan's wild rags-to-Michelin story has appeal far beyond the "foodie" market, particularly among those hungry for tales of unapologetic women who have made it entirely on their own terms." -Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting