On- and off-screen, Chef Cat Cora continues to make a lasting impression on the culinary community. Her food aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in 2006, "Bon Apptit" magazine named her Executive Chef and bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award. From partnering with Macys for a new restaurant concept that premiered in December 2008 to her first stand alone restaurant that opened at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Resort in September 2009, Cats bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts. Cat resides in the Santa Barbara area with her family, including her biggest fans, her four sons.