Cora in April 2010
|Born||Catherine Ann Cora
April 3, 1967 
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||University of Southern Mississippi
Culinary Institute of America
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Cora (m. 2013; separated 2015)|
|Cooking style||Mediterranean (Greek), Fusion ("Hellasian"), Southern|
Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967), known as Cat Cora, 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 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.
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. She has also 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 participated in charity wine auctions held by Auction Napa Valley.
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, 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.
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. In November 2015, it was announced they were divorcing after 17 years together and 2 years of marriage.
On June 17, 2012, Cora was arrested in Santa Barbara and charged with DUI. The officers who arrived on the scene noted that Cora was showing signs of alcohol intoxication after rear-ending another vehicle. Her breathalyzer tests registered her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit. Cora pled no contest and was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $2,386. She later apologized for the arrest, saying, "I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable."
|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|
|2014||America's Best Cook||Mentor|
|2015||Cutthroat Kitchen||Guest Judge|
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