Catherine Ann "Cat" Cora (born April 3, 1967) is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo.
Cora in April 2010
Catherine Ann Cora
April 3, 1967
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||University of Southern Mississippi|
Culinary Institute of America
(m. 2013; div. 2015)
Nicole Ehrlich (m. 2018)
|Cooking style||Mediterranean (Greek), Fusion ("Hellasian"), Southern|
Cora was born in Jackson, Mississippi, the daughter of Virginia Lee (née Brothers) and Spiro Pete Cora. Her father was of Greek descent (her paternal grandparents were from Skopelos, Greece). Her grandfather and father were both restaurateurs. When she was 15 years old, she brought a business plan to her father and grandfather, knowing they could help her.
The writing of her first cookbook titled, Cat Cora’s Kitchen, was inspired by her Greek heritage and Southern roots, and contains numerous recipes that were her family's favorites while growing up.
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, she enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Her list of accomplishments are many, and still continue to grow. Her partnerships with various corporations include: Macy's, when in 2008 they opened Cat Cora's Que (CCQ), a restaurant in Costa Mesa, California; Disney, when in 2010 they launched a series of webisodes called Muppets Kitchen; a number of airports across the country including George Bush International Airport in Houston and Salt Lake City International Airport, where in 2011 and 2012, Cat Cora's Kitchen and Cat Cora's Gourmet markets were opened. She has also appeared on Simplify Your Life, was a co-host of the Food Network show Kitchen Accomplished, and in 2011 she launched her own line of cookware in conjunction with Starfrit, Canada's leading purveyor of food preparation products.
In January 2005 Cora co-founded Chefs For Humanity, which describes itself as "a grassroots coalition of chefs and culinary professionals guided by a mission to quickly be able to raise funds and provide resources for important emergency and humanitarian aid, nutritional education, and hunger-related initiatives throughout the world." She has participated in charity wine auctions held by Auction Napa Valley.
Cora also made television history in 2005 as the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's "Iron Chef America", alongside names such as Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto, spending 10 seasons on the show.
In the September 2006 issue of FHM, Cora was featured in the cooking section, where she demonstrated various recipes using items purchased from a convenience store. Cat Cora also belongs to Macy's Culinary Councils, along with Tyler Florence, Rick Bayless, and others. She has worked as an entertainer for The Olivia Companies, a travel company catering to the lesbian market. In 2008, she had a voice role for the video game Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine.
The eponymous Cat Cora, a new bar and lounge style restaurant, opened at Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in April 2011. Later in 2011, a Cat Cora's Kitchen was opened in Terminal E of the Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Cora also operated Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk Resort at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Kouzzina closed on September 30, 2014.
Cora opened The Ocean Restaurant at the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa off Singapore in February 2013. The 63 seat restaurant is inside the world's largest oceanarium and has stunning views of deep-sea wildlife from every table. Cora is currently the co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates, an American reality competition show that premiered on May 9, 2012 on the Bravo cable TV network.
Cora married her longtime partner Jennifer in June 2013, and the couple have four sons together via in vitro fertilization. All four embryos were fertilized by the same sperm donor, and each woman was impregnated with two of the other's fertilized ova. In November 2015, it was announced they were divorcing after 17 years together and 2 years of marriage.
|2005-2012||Iron Chef America||Iron Chef|
|2006||Celebrity Cooking Showdown||Herself|
|2007||The Next Food Network Star||Guest Judge|
|2008||The Next Iron Chef||Guest Judge|
|2009–present||The Best Thing I Ever Ate||Herself|
|2010||MasterChef (U.S. TV series)||Guest Judge|
|2011||Top Chef: Just Desserts||Guest Judge|
|2012||Top Chef||Guest Judge|
|2012||Around the World in 80 Plates||Co-host|
|2012||Miss USA 2012||Judge|
|2013||Eastbound & Down||Guest Chef|
|2013–present||Guy's Grocery Games||Herself|
|2014||America's Best Cook||Mentor|
|2015||Cutthroat Kitchen||Guest Judge|
|2017||My Kitchen Rules (U.S.)||Co-host|
|2017||"Bong Appetit" (U.S.)||Guest Chef|
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- Chefs For Humanity: About Us Archived March 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Chefs for Humanity president Cat Cora joins UNICEF as spokesperson" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., UNICEF, January 20, 2006.
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- "T2 Concessions". Fysfo.com. May 1, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
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- Cora, Cat. "Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Becomes First Female Inducted into The Culinary Hall of Fame". prnewswire.com. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
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- Machado, Baker. "Iron Chef's Cat Cora Files for Divorce From Wife After 17 Years Together". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- Belge, Kathy. "Cat and Jennifer Cora". About.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
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- Calderone, Ana. "Cat Cora and Wife Jennifer Are Divorcing After 17 Years Together". People. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Cat Cora, 51, of Iron Chef, marries producer Nicole Ehrlich, 42, in Santa Barbara". Daily Mail. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- Culinary Hall of Fame Induction, culinaryhalloffame.com; accessed February 13, 2016.