Cat Cora

Cat Cora Biography, Age, Ocean Restaurant, Wedding, Iron Chef, Wife, Divorce and Net Worth

Cat Cora (Catherine Ann Cora) is an American professional chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, and lifestyle entrepreneur.

Cat Cora Biography | Who Is Cat Cora?

Cat Cora (Catherine Ann Cora) is an American professional chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, and lifestyle entrepreneur.

Cat Cora

She has served up her culinary knowledge as a judge on ABC’s competition series Family Food Fight and founded Little Kitchen Academy, a Montessori-style culinary school for ages 3-teen.

Outside the kitchen, she is known for her philanthropic efforts. Cora is the President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity. Chefs for Humanity is an organization that originated in response to the 2004 Tsunami disaster. The foundation is dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education.

She is also a prominent published author of three successful cookbooks, one children’s book and, in 2015, her raw and remarkably candid memoir called Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Food, Family, and Forgiveness.

Cora partnered with WW on a first-of-its-kind health food destination inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, called WW FreestyleTM Café: BKLYN in 2018. She was also proud to be featured in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Museum’s Kitchen Table exhibit in Meridian, Mississippi.

Cat Cora Age

Catherine Ann Cora was born on 3 April 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. She is 52 years old as of 2019.

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Cat Cora Family

Cora was born to Virginia Lee (née Brothers) and Spiro Pete Cora. Cora’s paternal grandparents were from Skopelos, Greece. Her Father Spiro and grandfather were restaurateurs.  Cora was raised by a family for whom cooking and eating were the centers of life. Meals from her family’s house often combined spices from the South with fresh cheeses and home-cured olives sent by relatives from the island of Skopelos. Cora shares these stories and more in her memoir, Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness.

Cat Cora Wife | Cat Cora Married | Cat Cora Spouse | Cat Cora Lesbian

The Around the World in 80 Plates host started dating award-winning producer and director Nicole Ehrlich in 2017. The couple married on April 21, 2018, at the Villa Verano Estate in Santa Barbara, California.

Cat Cora Jennifer Cora | Cat Cora Divorce

In 2013, the celebrity chef married Jennifer after 15 years of being together. They had been in a long-term domestic partnership before marrying. The couple resided in Santa Barbara with their four sons whom they got through in vitro fertilization.

Cat and Jennifer had a unique and complicated process of having their children. Each of them was impregnated with two of the other’s fertilized ova which were fertilized by the same sperm donor. The couple divorced in November 2015 after 17 years together and 2 years of being married.

Cat Cora Kids | Cat Cora Children

Cat and ex-wife Jennifer share four sons; Zoran, Caje, twins Thatcher and Nash. Through her current wife Ehrlich, she has two stepsons, Jonas and Gavin.

Chef Cat Cora

Cora brought a business plan to her father and grandfather at the age of 15 knowing that they could help her. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi and then enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Cora has partnered with various corporations include Macy’s, when in 2008 they opened Cat Cora’s Que (CCQ), a restaurant in Costa Mesa, California.

She was a co-host of the Food Network show Kitchen Accomplished and launched her own line of cookware in conjunction with Starfrit, Canada’s leading purveyor of food preparation products in 2011. Cat also co-founded Chefs For Humanity in January 2005, it 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 is the co-host of the American reality competition show Around the World in 80 Plates alongside Curtis Stone. It premiered on May 9, 2012, on the Bravo cable TV network. The show follows twelve chefs competing in a culinary race across ten countries in 44 days.

Iron Chef Cat Cora | Cat Cora Iron Chef

Cora made television history when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America in 2005. She joined Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto on the first season on the first season of the show spending 10 seasons on the show.

Cat Cora Restaurant

Cora has opened up more than 18 restaurants across the United States and globally, highlighting her platform on health, wellness, and sustainability.

Cat Cora SFO

In April 2011, a new bar and lounge-style restaurant called The eponymous Cat Cora opened at Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Cat Cora Kitchen

Cora opened Cat Cora’s Kitchen in Terminal E of the Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Cat Cora’s Kitchen, located in numerous airport locations throughout the U.S.

Ocean Restaurant By Cat Cora | Ocean By Cat Cora

In February 2013, Cat opened The Ocean Restaurant at the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa off Singapore. It is a 63 seat restaurant inside the world’s largest oceanarium and has stunning views of deep-sea wildlife from every table.

Cat Cora Net Worth

Coming from a long line of chefs, and growing up in a family of restaurateurs, Cat realized her passion for cooking t an early age. Her whole life has revolved around the kitchen. Through her kitchen skills, Cat has earned a big name in the industry through which she has also earned a great fortune. Cora’s net worth amounts to $7 million. Income from her restaurants has also earned her a great fortune.

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Cat Cora Wedding Cake

Cora and Nicole asked bakers from around the country to submit wedding cake designs for a chance to bake a cake for their big day and would win $1,000 and a one-night trip to Santa Barbara.

They decided on a six-tiered cake made by Lexie Verburggen at The Sweetified Bakery in Florida, each tier representing each of the couple’s children.

Cat Cora Height

The celebrity chef stands at a height of 1.49 m.

Cat Cora Recipes

To get Cora’s recipes, click here. 

An example of one of her recipe is given below,

WW BAKED JALAPENO POPPERS

Total Time: 55 minutes

Prep:15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 1 

INGREDIENTS

jalapeño pepper(s), 1 medium

crumbled feta cheese, 4 tsp

plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp

fresh oregano, ¼ tsp, finely chopped

garlic powder, 1 pinch, or to taste

panko breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp

kosher salt, 1 pinch, or to taste

black pepper, 1 pinch, or to taste

egg(s), 1 large

plain fat free Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp, for garnish (optional)

fresh lime juice, ⅛ tsp, or to taste, for garnish (optional)

lime zest, ⅛ tsp, or to taste, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut jalapeño in half lengthwise, cut off stem, and scrape out seeds; set aside.
  3. Combine feta, yogurt, oregano, and garlic powder in a cup. Combine panko, salt and pepper in another cup.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk egg.
  5. Divide cheese mixture between jalapeño halves. Dredge each half in egg mixture, then roll in panko, pressing lightly so panko sticks to jalapeño.
  6. Gently set coated peppers, cut side up, on a small sheet pan. Bake until filling is bubbling and panko is golden, about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from tray, allow to cool for 10 minutes, and serve while still warm (add an optional topping of plain nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with lime juice, lime zest and salt).
  8. Makes 1 serving (2 poppers).

ZUCCHINI TOTS WITH FETA-MINT TZATZIKI

INGREDIENTS

For the feta-mint tzatziki:
1 cup greek yogurt, such as Fage
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons finely chopped mint
1 medium cucumber, peeled

For the zucchini tots:
6 medium zucchini, ends cut off
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon finely chopped oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Make the feta-mint tzatziki: In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, feta, lemon, olive oil, garlic, salt, and mint. 

2. Using the finest side of a box grater, grate the cucumber directly over the yogurt mixture. Stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.

3. Make the zucchini tots: Using the finest side of a box grater, grate zucchini to make about 3 cups. Transfer to a clean, low-lint linen cloth. Wring out as much moisture as possible.

4. In a large, metal bowl, gently mix zucchini with eggs, cheddar, parmesan, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper.

5. Using your hands, take about 2 tablespoons of tot mix and form 1-inch-long and quarter-sized around tots. Squeeze out excess moisture, if necessary. Repeat with remaining mixture. Freeze tots for about 2 hours or overnight.

6. Place frozen tots into the air fryer tray. Air fry at 270 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Check and rotate tots about halfway through for even crisping. Serve warm with a side of feta-mint tzatziki.

Cat Cora TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

2004

Kitchen Accomplished

Host

2005-2012

Iron Chef America

Iron Chef

2006

Celebrity Cooking Showdown

Herself

2007

Chef’s Story

Herself

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

Around the World in 80 Plates

Co-host

Chopped All-Stars

Contestant

Miss USA 2012

Judge

2013

Eastbound & Down

Guest Chef

2013–present

Guy’s Grocery Games

Herself

2014

America’s Best Cook

Mentor

Food Fighters (TV series)

Herself

2015

Cutthroat Kitchen

Guest Judge

2017

My Kitchen Rules (U.S.)

Co-host

“Bong Appetit” (U.S.)

Guest Chef

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