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Cooking As Fast As I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family Food and Forgiveness

Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef Cat Cora’s no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.

Before she became a celebrated chef, Cathy Cora was just a girl from Jackson, Mississippi, where days were slow and every meal was made from scratch. Her passion for the kitchen started in her home, where she spent her days internalizing the dishes that would form the cornerstone of her cooking philosophy incorporating her Greek heritage and Southern upbringing—from crispy fried chicken and honey-drenched biscuits to spanakopita. But outside the kitchen, Cat’s life was volatile.

In Cooking as Fast as I Can, Cat Cora reveals, for the first time, coming-of-age experiences from early childhood sexual abuse to the realities of life as a lesbian in the deep South. She shares how she found her passion in the kitchen and went on to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and apprentice under Michelin star chefs in France. After her big break as a co-host on the Food Network’s Melting Pot, Cat broke barriers by becoming the first-ever female Iron Chef.

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Cooking as Fast as I Can chronicles the difficulties and triumphs Cora experienced on the path to becoming a chef. She writes movingly about how she found courage and redemption in the dark truths of her past and about how she found solace in the kitchen and work, how her passion for cooking helped her to overcome hardships and ultimately find happiness at home and became a wife and a mother to four boys. Above all, this is an utterly engrossing story about the grit and grace it takes to achieve your dreams.

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Cat Cora at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2016!

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On April 1st, 2016 (6:30pm – 10:30pm), join Cat for the Pebble Beach Food & Wine’s signature interactive dinner season! Cat and Pebble Beach Food & Wine are delight to invite you to roll up your sleeves and cook right alongside Cat herself as your apprentice your way to an amazing dinner. See more at: http://bit.ly/1SQ1GJ9

But wait, there’s more!

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On April 2, 2016 (10:00am – 11:15am) Cat will be doing a very special Cooking Demo at The Inn at Spanish Bay! See more info here: http://bit.ly/22iYI2d

Cat at The Travelers Championship Womans Day Event June 25

The Travelers Championship today announced that its 2015 Women’s Day Breakfast will feature celebrity chef Cat Cora. The seventh annual Women’s Day, sponsored by Travelers, will be held on Thursday, June 25, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, and will benefit tournament charities including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which serves children with serious illnesses.

Women’s Day officially begins with a special networking breakfast that will include an interactive cooking demonstration with Cora, where she will offer tips for cooking some of her most popular dishes. In addition to the Women’s Day Breakfast, all women attending the tournament on Women’s Day will be offered complimentary tours of the Golf Channel studio, preferred bleacher seating, a 10 percent discount at the official merchandise tent, and a golf clinic at the tournament’s practice facility.

“One of our goals is to continue to deliver a bigger and better event each year that reaches a wide audience and helps us generate more money for charity,” said Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “This year, we worked closely with Travelers to deliver a networking breakfast that features well-known guests such as Martha Stewart and Cat Cora who resonate with women throughout the region. In addition to the breakfast, there are other benefits offered throughout the day to provide women with a unique PGA TOUR experience.”

Cat Cora is an American professional chef best known as the first female “Iron Chef” on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo. In addition to being a celebrated chef, Cat Cora is an accomplished lifestyle entrepreneur, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, and television personality.

“We appreciate the generosity of both Martha and Cat for volunteering to be a part of this special day, which helps the Travelers Championship generate money for its charities,” said Doreen Spadorcia, Vice Chairman of Travelers. “Since its inception in 2009, Women’s Day has grown in prominence and attendance and is now one of the most popular days during tournament week. With Martha and Cat as our special guests, this year’s event will be exciting, informative, and truly memorable.”

Travelers is once again the presenting sponsor for Women’s Day. Hartford Business Journal, Hartford HealthCare, Red Thread, and Lux Bond & Green will serve as event partners.

Tickets for the Women’s Day Breakfast cost $85 and include a general admission ticket to the tournament. They are on sale now at www.TravelersChampionship.com

This year’s Travelers Championship field already includes top players such as Bubba Watson, Jason Day, 2014 Champion Kevin Streelman, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, and Hunter Mahan. Tickets for the Travelers Championship, which will take place from June 22 to 28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, are on sale now at www.TravelersChampionship.com

Come see Cat at The Travelers Championship Woman’s Day Event June 25!

Jenny Schatzle 10 Minute On The Go Workout

Jenny Schatzle 10 Minute On The Go Workout

My workout guru Jenny Schatzle gave me this 10 minute on-the-go mom workout! It’s hard to keep in shape and make time to visit the gym when you’ve got a busy life. So I asked Jenny for a workout that I could squeeze into ten minutes that would really provide a benefit and make me feel great. She nailed it!!!! I travel often, and this is a killer workout I can do anywhere. You can do it at home, lunchbreak at work, mornings, whenever you can squeeze it in. If you’ve got more than ten minutes, you can do another round.

Jenny Schatzle 10 Minute On The Go Workout

10 min As Many Rounds as You can DO! Want to make it harder? Set your timer longer 20, 30, 40 min!

100 Jumping jacks

90 Crunches

80 Mountain climbers

70 Bicycle crunches

60 High Knees

50 Front Lunges (Alternating legs)

40 Shoulder taps

30 Squat jumps

20 Push-ups

10 Pop-ups

Own your body at any age…. try this Jenny Schatzle 10 Minute On The Go Workout every morning. Look in the mirror and say I am a #hotpieceofass! Thanks Jenny!

Cat

 

 

Cat Cora On Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars May 12th

Cat Cora on Food Network's Chopped All-Stars May 12th 10PM

Tune in to Food Network to see Cat on Chopped All-Stars Tuesday May 12th

Don’t miss a minute of Cat Cora on Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars May 12th!

There is culinary royalty in the Chopped kitchen, when sixteen celebrity chefs fight to be crowned the grand champion. In the four preliminary competitions, the all-stars will face some of the most challenging ingredients they have ever seen. Anything can happen when the four winners meet up in the Grand Finale throw down. It is not just egos on the line, each chef is playing for the $75,000 grand prize for their favorite charity. Big stars and one huge prize – all eyes will be on this Chopped All-Stars tournament.

All-Stars Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Psilakis and Marcel Vigneron strut into the Chopped kitchen, with sights set on the grand finale. In the first round, a special Spanish meat must be paired with an airy cookie. Then in the entrée round, the All-Stars face a sizeable challenge when they encounter a huge ingredient to butcher and some tiny, sour fruits to tame. Flavored water and clarified butter are part of the culinary puzzle that the last two chefs have to solve as they create desserts.

Chopped All-Stars begins April 28th at 10PM ET/PT on Food Network. Cat’s episode airs Tuesday May 12th at 10PM ET/PT.

Host: Ted Allen

Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/chopped.html for exclusive video, interviews, photos, and more!

Cat Helps Macy’s Celebrate 125 Years In The Food Service Industry

Cat Cora Helps May's Celebrate 125 Years In Food Service

Cat Helps Macy’s Celebrate 125 Years In The Food Service Industry

Here’s to 125 More!
The Walnut Room, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at 12PM

Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Johnny Iuzzini, and Takashi Yagihashi are joining Got Your 6 as Macy’s celebrates 125 years in Food Service. Join us in the world famous Walnut Room for live music, delicious samples, a photo booth and more!

Want to join the party? With any purchase of $100* or more in the Home Department, receive two tickets** to the celebration and an opportunity to meet the chefs.

Macy’s is honoring America’s veterans with an in-store give-back program to benefit Got Your 6, a coalition of veteran-focused non-profits working to make America stronger. Give $3 to Got Your 6 and get 25% off your Macy’s purchase on May 16, 2015.***

To learn more about Macy’s Culinary Council and upcoming events, log on to www.macys.com/culinarycouncil

Follow Macy’s Culinary Council us on Twitter: @CulinaryCouncil

Event subject to change or cancellation. *Purchase must be made May 9-16, 2015 at Macy’s on State Street only. **One per customer, while supplies last and time permits. ***Exclusions apply; please see sales associate for details.

Cat Cora at Addison Fork and Cork May 15 and 16

Cat at Addison Fork and Cork May 15 and 16

Designed for the epicurious.

See Cat Cora at Addison Fork and Cork May 15 and 16 (Cat scheduled to appear May 15th at 6:15PM)! This intimate, two-day event brings together celebrated chefs, breweries, wineries and spirit makers, a gourmet gathering is a destination for people who enjoy food as entertainment. Addison’s chef-driven establishments and other special culinary-minded guests will be spotlighted to create a casual, one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Fork & Cork, May 15 & 16 is a unique and innovative destination that introduces the culinary minded to local celebrated chefs, assorted breweries, wineries and spirit makers. An authentic, one-of-a-kind experience that satisfies the epicurious, Fork & Cork is an interactive festival that serves up tasteful artist demonstrations and live Music, as well as tasty dishes. It’s casual, yet sophisticated. Busy, yet intimate. Personal, yet communal.

Cat is the Featured Celebrity Chef at Addison Fork & Cork 2015. Discount tickets may be purchased online at addisonforkandcork.com. through May 15, 2015 at noon. Limited quantities available. Please print your e-tickets ahead of time and have them ready for display to expedite the entry process. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate pending availability.

Cat on Chopped All-Stars May 12th

Cat on Chopped All-Stars May 12th

Tune in to Food Network to see Cat on Chopped All-Stars May 12th

Chopped All-Stars: There is culinary royalty in the Chopped kitchen, when sixteen celebrity chefs fight to be crowned the grand champion. In the four preliminary competitions, the all-stars will face some of the most challenging ingredients they have ever seen. Anything can happen when the four winners meet up in the Grand Finale throw down. It is not just egos on the line, each chef is playing for the $75,000 grand prize for their favorite charity. Big stars and one huge prize – all eyes will be on this Chopped All-Stars tournament.

All-Stars Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Psilakis and Marcel Vigneron strut into the Chopped kitchen, with sights set on the grand finale. In the first round, a special Spanish meat must be paired with an airy cookie. Then in the entrée round, the All-Stars face a sizeable challenge when they encounter a huge ingredient to butcher and some tiny, sour fruits to tame. Flavored water and clarified butter are part of the culinary puzzle that the last two chefs have to solve as they create desserts.

Chopped All-Stars begins April 28th at 10PM ET/PT on Food Network. Cat’s episode airs Tuesday May 12th at 10PM ET/PT.

Host: Ted Allen

Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/chopped.html for exclusive video, interviews, photos, and more!

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First Annual Santa Barbara Beach Ball

My birthday wish this year is to throw a beach bash for charity…..so on Saturday, April 4th, my son Thatcher and myself are inviting you to come to the “Santa Barbara Beach Ball” and celebrate our birthdays with us as we give back to the community. 100% of the proceeds will go to Organic Soup Kitchen. Fun, food, beverages, games, and a beach workout with The Jenny Schatzle Program. Read the flyer below for more details – hope to see you there!

Santa Barbara Beach Ball
Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara
Saturday April 4th 10am-1pm
First Annual Santa Barbara Beach Ball

Join Cat Cora At Macy’s State Street Chicago April 1

Join Cat Cora At Macy's State Street Chicago April 1

Join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Cat Cora For A Special Flower Show Cooking Demo!

Learn from the master chef as she shows you how to prepare some of her favorite award-winning dishes. The best part? There will be plenty of scrumptious samples to enjoy!

Macy’s State Street
Wednesday, April 1 2015 at 12:00pm
7th Floor Culinary Studio

After the demonstration, head to the lower level and explore the latest in cookware and kitchen gadgets. With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home department,* receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist,** which she will sign for you!

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: 1.800.329.8667.

To learn more about Macy’s Culinary Council and upcoming events visit macys.com/culinarycouncil. Follow us on Twitter @CulinaryCouncil

Join Cat Cora At Macy’s State Street Chicago April 1. Event subject to cancellation or change. *Purchase must be made on April 1, 2015 at Macy’s on State Street only. Gift cards and cookbooks will be distributed April 1st. **One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Seating is 1st come, 1st served. Macy’s gift card valid April 1 – April 8, 2015.

Cat Cora Food And Wine Festival Festival Palm Desert 2015

Cat Cora Food And Wine Festival Festival Palm Desert: Cat will appear at the 5th annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert

Cat Cora Food And Wine Festival Festival Palm Desert 2015, March 27-29

Cat will appear at the 5th annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert March 27th and 28th. The 5th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 27-29, 2015. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.

The festival begins with a James Beard 4-course gourmet luncheon on Friday, March 27. The weekend “Grand Tastings” feature renowned chefs, and more than 80 premium wines and champagnes and 50 restaurants will offer tastings. Returning to this year’s festival are exclusive wine and beer tasting seminars.

Schedule of events: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/events-calendar.html

For tickets, click here: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/tickets.html

Cat Cora Joins Festival Of The Desert As Culinary Director

Cat Cora Joins Festival Of The Desert As Culinary Director

Cat Cora Joins Festival Of The Desert As Culinary Director

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., March 4, 2015 — Festival of the Desert Director and Chairman of IMG Artists, Barrett Wissman, today announced the addition of celebrated chef Cat Cora as Culinary Director of the premier cultural event in the Coachella Valley. Presented by the Del Sole Foundation, the inaugural March 18 event features a stellar lineup of some of today’s top music, dance, culinary, and theatrical artists, such as opera royalty Renée Fleming and the Paris Opera’s Music Director Phillippe Jordan. Music icon Quincy Jones curates the evening gala music program; American and Bolshoi Ballet’s Principal Dancer, David Hallberg, serves as the artistic director of the dance program; and Cora will oversee and prepare the culinary experience for the evening’s gala.

“We are so proud to have Cat Cora as the Festival of the Desert’s culinary curator,” said Barrett Wissman. “I know she will create a wonderful experience on March 18, and be instrumental in crafting the future of our culinary program.”

“I am excited to be in the company of the best artists in the world,” said Cat Cora, “anytime this type of talent comes together you know that they are contributing to something special and I couldn’t think of a better location than Sunnylands. This opportunity will give me a chance to create awareness about my charity Chefs for Humanity and will help us pursue our goals of Nutrition Education and Hunger Relief.”

With a longtime fondness for the Palm Springs area desert and a lifelong passion for music, the festival is the brainchild of Barrett Wissman and Maestro Philippe Jordan, one of the world’s rising star conductors, who approached philanthropists Regina and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten about the notion of advancing performing arts and arts education in the desert. The idea resonated with the Annenberg Weingartens, and they agreed be the lead donors for the launch of the festival.

“The beauty of Palm Springs, its weather, and its silence – in conjunction with the people who come to visit and live there from around the world – make for the perfect environment for launching such a festival,” said Maestro Jordan. “Palm Springs gave me so much, and I would like to give something back to it through my work, which is why I asked Barrett Wissman to collaborate with me on the project.”

The program features a centerpiece recital by today’s reigning soprano, Renée Fleming, at the McCallum Theater, with Maestro Jordan himself at the piano. The concert is followed by a gala reception at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens, where celebrity chef Cora will team up with the legendary Spencer’s Restaurant to provide an unforgettable dining experience. The gala features a musical program curated by Quincy Jones, and a dance program by one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, David Hallberg.

“Any chance to work with Philippe Jordan is really an opportunity not to be missed,” said Renée Fleming. “Philippe envisions bringing the best that classical music has to offer to the Coachella Valley.”

“I decided to become involved with the festival to bring the highest quality of artistic excellence in dance to Palm Springs” said David Hallberg. “It is destined to be a festival of the highest standards, given the level of my curating colleagues and the artists involved.”

An 11:00 am concert, curated by Maestro Jordan, kicks off a day of events at the Sunnylands Center & Gardens. This is followed by lunch and a discussion, “The Future of the Arts in America,” led by Michael Kaiser, former President of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Tickets for Festival of the Desert are available on the web at http://www.festivalofthedesert.org, or by calling the McCallum Theater Box office at 760.340.ARTS (2787).

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.festivalofthedesert.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/festivalofthedesert
Twitter: @festofdesert

About Festival of the Desert:
Festival of the Desert operates under the auspices of the Del Sole Foundation for the Humanities, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing financial support for education and the performing arts, and is produced by IMG Artists. Festival benefactors include a lead gift by GRoW Annenberg Foundation (a division of the Annenberg Foundation), followed by Harold Matzner and the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation. Venue partners include the McCallum Theater and the Sunnylands Center and Gardens, with media support from KUSC Los Angeles.