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Cat Cora, CIA culinary arts alumni, is an Iron Chef, executive chef at Bon Appetit, and author.

Spotlight On: Cat CoraAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts

Iron Chef, Executive Chef Bon Appetit, Author
Class of 1995
Cat Cora is known around the world as the only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. It was her culinary expertise and flair that enabled her to join the ranks of such Iron Chef luminaries as Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimoto. As executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine, Cat brings that talent to bear every day. And these days she’s also become known for her humanitarian projects. In 2005, she co-founded Chefs for Humanity, a coalition of chefs and culinary professionals who raise funds and provide resources for humanitarian aid, nutritional education, and hunger-related initiatives.

After graduating with honors from the CIA, Cat continued her education first in Europe, apprenticing with two of France’s three-star Michelin chefs: Georges Blanc and Roger Vergé. Back in the United States she was chef de cuisine at Napa Valley’s Bistro Don Giovanni and went on to become executive chef and partner of Postino in Lafayette, CA. Along with all her other accomplishments, Cat recently opened Kouzzina at Disneyworld; CCQ in Costa Mesa, CA; and Cat at the San Francisco Airport. She is the author of three cookbooks, Cat Cora’s Kitchen, Classics with a Twist, and Cooking from the Hip.

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