Cat Cora
Cat Cora

Judge Biography

Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six who is best known for her featured role as the first female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since then, she has shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the culinary industry, becoming the first female inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame, after having cooked in two three-star Michelin restaurants.

Cora has since been featured extensively on a number of television shows, most recently as co-host on Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates, as well as FOX's My Kitchen Rules. She has opened more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally including Cat Cora's Kitchen, Ocean by Cat Cora, Cat Cora's Gourmet Market, Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney World, CCQ at Macy's, Cat Cora's Taproom, OLILO, Mesa Burger and her newest addition, Wicked Eats by Aramark.

As a mom of six, Cora's passion for health, wellness and food extends beyond the kitchen, having been at the forefront of creating a nationwide revolution of eating well. In 2018, she became the newest Weight Watcher's (WW) ambassador, curating the menus for the café and select concession stands, in close collaboration with Levy Restaurants, Barclays Center's food and beverage partner, and WW. Having made a commitment to promoting nutrition education, hunger emergency relief and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide, she also created her nonprofit Chefs for Humanity in 2004.

Cora continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.