As prominent lifestyle personality, Cat Cora made waves in the culinary community and television history when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. She is also the first female chef to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame. A multi-hyphenate; Cora is an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.
On-screen, Cora has hosted, guest judged and appeared in a number of hit food shows across television including Food Network’s Melting Pot; Kitchen Accomplished; My Country, My Kitchen: Greece; Date Plates; NBC’s Celebrity Cooking Showdown and Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates where she traveled with 12 chefs in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.
As a successful entrepreneur, Cora partnered with Canada’s leading purveyor of kitchen and food preparation products to create Cat Cora by Starfrit. The collection of cookware, cutlery and gadgets were designed with Cora’s “go-with-what-you’ve-got” philosophy to help create simple, healthy, and sensational meals with today’s busy lifestyles. Cora also partnered with MOZO Shoes to reveal her first signature shoe line in May, she has a new food line launching in June 2013 and a cookware line launching in the Fall 2013.
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 is also a published author with three successful cookbooks and one children’s book.
Cora grew up in an intimate Greek community in Jackson, Mississippi, where she developed a passion for the culinary arts while watching her family infuse Southern spices with Mediterranean delicacies. Cora studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and continued her culinary education in Europe, completing apprenticeships for two of France’s renowned three-star Michelin chefs.
Cora currently lives in Santa Barbara with her family.