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As a prominent figure in the culinary community, Cat Cora made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.
As a successful restaurateur, Cora recently joined RWS Resorts to launch Ocean by Cat Cora on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Prior to this, Cora opened Cat Cora’s Que situated in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California as well Cat Cora’s Kitchen with three locations including San Francisco International Airport, George Bush International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport which is also home to Cat Cora’s Kitchen Gourmet Market. The acclaimed chef collaborated with Disney to create, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, a Mediterranean restaurant located at Disneyworld Boardwalk in Orlando, Florida.
In 2012, she became the first female chef to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame.
In January, Cora partnered with MOZO Shoes to create her first signature shoe line, comprised of two different styles for women. She also has two thriving food lines under the Cat Cora’s Kitchen name: the first, Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea, features preservative-free all natural products like olives and olive oil from Greece; and the other, by manufacturer Grecian Delight Foods, Inc., features healthy Mediterranean flatbreads, dips and spreads. Cora also has an eco-friendly merchandise line launching this fall, called Cat Cora by Starfrit.
In 2012, she launched the Cat Cora’s Kitchen iPad app, which simplifies meal preparation for at-home cooks of any skill level. The app, which includes 75 of Cora’s most popular recipes, also features a patented “smart recipe” format with a sophisticated scheduler that coordinates multiple recipes and creates a detailed planner with step-by-step instructions, time estimates, and targeted completion times for every dish.
On-screen, Cora has hosted, guest judged and appeared as herself in a number of hit food shows across television. Some of these shows include Food Network’s Melting Pot; Kitchen Accomplished; My Country, My Kitchen: Greece; Date Plates; NBC’s Celebrity Cooking Showdown; Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates as well as multiple Disney webisodes.
Beyond television, Cora is also a published author with three successful cookbooks and one children’s book to her name.
In 2004, Cora founded Chefs for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education.
Cora grew up in an intimate Greek community in Jackson, Mississippi, where she developed a passion for the culinary arts while watching her family and relatives infuse Southern spices with Mediterranean delicacies. As a young adult, she left Mississippi for New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America. Cora then continued her culinary education in Europe, completing apprenticeships for two of France’s renowned three-star Michelin chefs. She eventually returned to New York before traveling west to Napa Valley, California.
She currently resides in the Santa Barbara, California area with her family.