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First Female Chef inducted in the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame.
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Chef Cat Cora

Cat Cora
First Female Chef inducted in the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame

Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six.

The Jackson, Mississippi native has been captivating audiences since she made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. She went on to host My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, and was one of the featured hosts on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life.

Cat later made television history in 2005 when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America.Since then, she shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the historically male culinary industry. After Cat’s Iron Chef debut, she was featured extensively on a number of television shows, most recently as co-host on BRAVO's "Around the World in 80 Plates"as well as FOX's"My Kitchen Rules.”

In 2006, Cat was awarded Bon AppetitMagazine’s “Teacher of the Year Award” and was named the Executive Chef of the magazine. Since then, she has blazed her own trail through the culinary world, becoming the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame.

Cat has opened more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally, namely Cat Cora’s Kitchen, located in numerous locations throughout the U.S., Ocean by Cat Cora, an award-winning restaurant in Singapore, Cat Cora’s Taproom located in the Detroit Metro Airport, Cat Cora’s Gourmet Market in Salt Lake City’s International Airport, Kouzzinaby Cat Cora atDisneyWorld, CCQ at Macy’s, OLILO by Cat Cora in partnership with Aramark and Mesa Burger which can be found in Santa Barbara, CA. She is currently busy working on FatbirdSouthern Kitchen and Bar, coming June 2017 to the Meatpacking District of New York, NY.

Cat continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

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