Cat Cora Bio

Cat Cora represents the South on America's Best Cook.

Photo by: Emile Wamsteker ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Emile Wamsteker, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Cat Cora represents the South on America's Best Cook.

In addition to being a celebrated chef, Cat Cora is an accomplished lifestyle entrepreneur, author, restaurateur, contributing editor and television personality. She made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Cat recently joined RWS Resorts to launch her Ocean by Cat Cora restaurant on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Prior to that she opened Cat Cora’s Que, Cat Cora’s Kitchen and Cat Cora’s Kitchen Gourmet Market, and she collaborated with Disney to create Kouzzina by Cat Cora, located at Disneyworld Boardwalk in Orlando, Fla. In 2012 she launched the Cat Cora’s Kitchen iPad app, which simplifies meal preparation for at-home cooks of any skill level. Cat collaborated with MOZO to design two women’s shoe collections, she has two thriving Cat Cora’s Kitchen food lines with both Gaea and Grecian Delight, and she also has a line of versatile cookware, Cat Cora by Starfrit.

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