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. Cora's style of cooking was influenced by Julia Child, Barbara Tropp, M.F.K. Fisher and her grandmother, Alma.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi, she enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Cora has appeared on Simplify Your Life. She was also a co-host of the Food Network show Kitchen Accomplished.
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 also participated in charity wine auctions held by Auction Napa Valley.
Cat Cora is a 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 has four sons – Zoran, Caje, Thatcher, and Nash. "We met 11 years ago (as of 2010) skiing in Lake Tahoe. It was on my birthday. We knew instantly. I never believed in that, but I knew right away that we were kindred spirits. We spent the next seven months together. We didn’t spend a day apart."
In 2006 she was hired as a paid spokesperson for InSinkErator Evolution series garbage disposals. Cora is also Executive Chef for Bon Appétit magazine and a UNICEF spokesperson. In March 2006, Cora was the Grand Marshal for Hal and Mal's St. Paddy's Parade in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. 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, amongst 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, Cora 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 operates Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk Resort at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
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 the show Around the World in 80 Plates an American reality competition show that premiered on May 9, 2012 on the Bravo cable TV network.
Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes by Cat Cora and Ann Krueger Spivack
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (June 2, 2010)
Amazon: Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes
CAT CORA made television history when she became the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network in 2005. In 2006 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Bon Appétit and was named executive chef of the magazine. She is the president and founder of Chefs for Humanity, which raises funds for emergency and hunger-related causes. The mother of four boys, she is the author of Cooking from the Hip, and she recently launched the restaurants CCQ at Macy's in Costa Mesa, California, and Kouzzina at Walt Disney World.
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