Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six.
The Iron-chef has opened more than 18 restaurants across the United States and globally, highlighting her platform on health, wellness, and sustainability.
In 2018, she was featured in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Museum’s Kitchen Table exhibit in Meridian, Mississippi and received a star on the walk of fame in 2021.
President Barack Obama awarded her The President’s Volunteer Service Award for helping to address the most pressing needs in her community and the country. She is a proud recipient of The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for building a stronger nation through her volunteer service.
Catch Cat Cora, the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America in conversation with Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar.
Today you are a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six. Congratulations! How would you define your journey starting with cooking at two 3-star Michelin restaurants in France?
When I was accepted to apprentice at two Three Michelin restaurants it was the 90’s and women still were not allowed in French kitchens. I got 8 rejection letters in a row. The last two accepted me & I took both. It was brutal but my hard work & determination turned into a turning point for me as a chef. Everyone knows if you can handle a French kitchen, you can handle anything. That began an incredible journey.
In 2005, You made television history by becoming the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America. How was your experience, what led you to participate & please share the winning recipe?
I was an iron chef for many, many seasons, and a lot of battles. It was an honour to be a role model for women and a female aspiring chef and continue to be. I was asked to be one of the original OG’s on the Iron Chef America Team with three other male colleagues. It was an era that was exiting as we were one of the very first cooking competitions show in American Television & no one had seen a woman cook like that against men. So, a very magical time in my career & huge barriers were crushed for woman.
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