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Cat Cora

Award-Winning Chef, Cookbook Author & TV Personality; Best Known for Food Network's "Iron Chef America"

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 Cat Cora Biography

It's no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world-renowned chef. Her culinary aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she had developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network's Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an award she calls, "the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef." That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. With restaurants at Macy's South Coast Plaza, San Francisco and Houston's airports and another at Walt Disney World, Cat's bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts.

Following advice from her famous mentor Julia Child, Cat left her native Mississippi for New York, where she received the education of her dreams at The Culinary Institute of America. While in New York, she apprenticed with and then worked for Chef Anne Rozenweig at Arcadia and worked at the Beekman Tavern under Chef Larry Forgione of An American Place.

Cat's culinary education continued in Europe completing apprenticeships with two of France's three-star Michelin chefs. After returning to New York again, Cat honed her skills as a Sous Chef at The Old Chatham Shepherding Company under Chef Melissa Kelly. She soon headed West to plant her roots in Northern California, where she served as Chef de Cuisine at Napa Valley's Bistro Don Giovanni.

Cat made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network's Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. A documentary, Cat's In The Kitchen, was also made about her first James Beard dinner in April 2002.

Preceding Iron Chef America, Cat co-hosted Kitchen Accomplished on Food Network, where she worked with a design expert and contractor to surprise a homeowner with a three-day kitchen makeover. In 2006, Cat appeared in NBC's Primetime Mini-series, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, where celebrities were paired with famous chefs and competed in a timed cook-off a la Iron Chef America.

In May 2012, Cora stepped out of her chef's jacket into a new role as co-host alongside Curtis Stone for Bravo's new series, Around the World in 80 Plates. The two hosts traveled with 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.

In her second book, Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals, Cat elevates at home cooking to new levels, applying her "go-with-what-you've got" philosophy to creating simple, yet sensational meals. Cat's third cookbook, Classics With a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes showcases her signature fast and healthy approach to family-friendly recipes from around the world.

Cat resides in the Santa Barbara area with her family and biggest fans, her four sons.

Outside the kitchen, Cat is known for her philanthropy. She is President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, an organization that originated in response to the 2004 Tsunami disaster. Modeled after Doctors Without Borders, the not-for-profit gathers the culinary community together to raise funds and provide resources for important emergency, educational and hunger-related causes. Recognizing Cat's altruistic determination in the food world, UNICEF named her a nutritional spokesperson to help raise awareness for humanitarian crises around the world.

In June 2010, Cat joined First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Chefs Move To Schools campaign in an effort to provide nutritional guidance and education from professional chefs to schools nationwide. Cat is presently working on adopting an elementary school near her home in Santa Barbara, CA.

Cat traveled to Ethiopia in February 2012 with Save the Children to help shed light on the side of the global child hunger crisis that doesn't make headlines. The trip included visits to Save the Children programs in the region that promote solutions to the chronic malnutrition crisis.

In September 2010, Cat and Disney Online launched Muppets Kitchen, a series of webisodes featuring Cat and co-hosted by a spicy Italian Muppet named Angelo.

With the help of Muppet friends, Cat and Angelo are helping families rediscover time together through the joy of cooking. These instructional webisodes provide moms with advice on how to get their kids excited about cooking as well as step-by-step instructions for preparing nutritious meals the whole family will love.

In 2011, Cora launched her first line of cookware with Starfrit, Canada's leading purveyor of kitchen preparation products. The Cat Cora by Starfrit line emphasizes clever, eco-friendly cookware and kitchen essentials to make mealtimes easy for the at-home cook.

In 2012, Cora released her new iPad app entitled "Cat Cora's Kitchen." Cat's app is a robust and powerful tool that enables home cooks of every skill level to plan, prepare and serve individual dishes or complete menus from her repertoire with absolute confidence.

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A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy

A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy

Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes

Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes

Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals

Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals

Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends

Cat Cora's Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends

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  • HOW TO BOOK Cat Cora?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cat Cora for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Cat Cora, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cat Cora or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Cat Cora?

    Booking fees for Cat Cora, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cat Cora, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Cat Cora?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cat Cora for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cat Cora for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cat Cora or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cat Cora or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Cat Cora

Award-Winning Chef, Cookbook Author & TV Personality; Best Known for Food Network's "Iron Chef America"

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Cat Cora Biography

It's no surprise that Cat Cora has become a world-renowned chef. Her culinary aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she had developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network's Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an award she calls, "the greatest recognition she could achieve as a chef." That month, she was also honored with another great culinary distinction when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. With restaurants at Macy's South Coast Plaza, San Francisco and Houston's airports and another at Walt Disney World, Cat's bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts.

Following advice from her famous mentor Julia Child, Cat left her native Mississippi for New York, where she received the education of her dreams at The Culinary Institute of America. While in New York, she apprenticed with and then worked for Chef Anne Rozenweig at Arcadia and worked at the Beekman Tavern under Chef Larry Forgione of An American Place.

Cat's culinary education continued in Europe completing apprenticeships with two of France's three-star Michelin chefs. After returning to New York again, Cat honed her skills as a Sous Chef at The Old Chatham Shepherding Company under Chef Melissa Kelly. She soon headed West to plant her roots in Northern California, where she served as Chef de Cuisine at Napa Valley's Bistro Don Giovanni.

Cat made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network's Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. A documentary, Cat's In The Kitchen, was also made about her first James Beard dinner in April 2002.

Preceding Iron Chef America, Cat co-hosted Kitchen Accomplished on Food Network, where she worked with a design expert and contractor to surprise a homeowner with a three-day kitchen makeover. In 2006, Cat appeared in NBC's Primetime Mini-series, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, where celebrities were paired with famous chefs and competed in a timed cook-off a la Iron Chef America.

In May 2012, Cora stepped out of her chef's jacket into a new role as co-host alongside Curtis Stone for Bravo's new series, Around the World in 80 Plates. The two hosts traveled with 12 chefs competing in a culinary race across 10 countries in 44 days.

In her second book, Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals, Cat elevates at home cooking to new levels, applying her "go-with-what-you've got" philosophy to creating simple, yet sensational meals. Cat's third cookbook, Classics With a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes showcases her signature fast and healthy approach to family-friendly recipes from around the world.

Cat resides in the Santa Barbara area with her family and biggest fans, her four sons.

Outside the kitchen, Cat is known for her philanthropy. She is President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, an organization that originated in response to the 2004 Tsunami disaster. Modeled after Doctors Without Borders, the not-for-profit gathers the culinary community together to raise funds and provide resources for important emergency, educational and hunger-related causes. Recognizing Cat's altruistic determination in the food world, UNICEF named her a nutritional spokesperson to help raise awareness for humanitarian crises around the world.

In June 2010, Cat joined First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Chefs Move To Schools campaign in an effort to provide nutritional guidance and education from professional chefs to schools nationwide. Cat is presently working on adopting an elementary school near her home in Santa Barbara, CA.

Cat traveled to Ethiopia in February 2012 with Save the Children to help shed light on the side of the global child hunger crisis that doesn't make headlines. The trip included visits to Save the Children programs in the region that promote solutions to the chronic malnutrition crisis.

In September 2010, Cat and Disney Online launched Muppets Kitchen, a series of webisodes featuring Cat and co-hosted by a spicy Italian Muppet named Angelo.

With the help of Muppet friends, Cat and Angelo are helping families rediscover time together through the joy of cooking. These instructional webisodes provide moms with advice on how to get their kids excited about cooking as well as step-by-step instructions for preparing nutritious meals the whole family will love.

In 2011, Cora launched her first line of cookware with Starfrit, Canada's leading purveyor of kitchen preparation products. The Cat Cora by Starfrit line emphasizes clever, eco-friendly cookware and kitchen essentials to make mealtimes easy for the at-home cook.

In 2012, Cora released her new iPad app entitled "Cat Cora's Kitchen." Cat's app is a robust and powerful tool that enables home cooks of every skill level to plan, prepare and serve individual dishes or complete menus from her repertoire with absolute confidence.

Cat Cora Videos

  • The Homemaker Mystique featuring Celebrity Chef Cat Cora
  • Cat Cora's Mediterranean Sides and Sangria Recipe | Best Chef ...

Cat Cora Books

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FAQs on booking Cat Cora

  • How to book Cat Cora?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cat Cora for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Cat Cora, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cat Cora or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Cat Cora?

    Booking fees for Cat Cora, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cat Cora, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Cat Cora?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cat Cora for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cat Cora for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cat Cora or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cat Cora or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Cat Cora is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Cat Cora for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Cat Cora generally travels from Santa Barbara, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alex Guarnaschelli, Giada De Laurentiis, Sandra Lee, Carla Hall and Art Smith. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cat Cora for an upcoming event.

Cat Cora Speaker Videos

  • The Homemaker Mystique featuring Celebrity Chef Cat Cora
    Cat Cora's Mediterranean Sides and Sangria Recipe | Best Chef ...

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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