Feb 9, 2013

CAT CORA -- INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY CHEF: ¨I came out when I was about 19 years old to my parents. I grew up in a very accepting family before I came out. But it’s always difficult to come out especially when you’re in your teens. It’s pretty tough.¨

Cat Cora at her new restaurant Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora 
at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore

This multi-hyphenated American celebrity chef has added one more thing to her already crowded plate – a restaurant in Singapore which is her first outside of the United States.

With the launch of Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora at Resorts World Sentosa, Cat Cora has become the only female chef to have an outpost in Singapore joining a market saturated with celebrity chef restaurants by the likes of Guy Savoy, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Joel Robuchon, Wolfgang Puck and Tetsuya Wakuda. Ocean will feature many of the Mississippi-born Greek-American chef's signature dishes with Mediterranean-Californian influences and an Asian flair.

The Culinary Institute of America graduate shot to fame on the Food Network's Iron Chef America, a reality cooking game show based on the Japanese cult classic, Iron Chef. She was the first and only female chef since 2005 until joined by chef Alex Guarnaschelli last year.

The petite but feisty 45-year-old now runs five restaurants, two food and a cookware line and co-hosts Around The World In 80 Plates with Australian TV host-chef Curtis Stone which premiered on the Bravo cable TV network last year. It will premiere in Asia on the TLC cable channel on March 13.

Often photographed on the red carpet with her wife, Jennifer, of more than 10 years, the couple is in a domestic partnership in California where they live. They have four sons – three by Jennifer and the youngest by Cat in 2009. Aside from running five restaurants, two food lines, a cookware line and a soon-to-be launched footwear brand, Cat is also the founder of the charity Chefs for Humanity which promotes nutrition education, and provides hunger relief and humanitarian aid...¨ there is much, much more


Thanks to Fridae Asia, sidebar


JCF said...

Um, what's Cat Cora's legal status in Singapore, I wonder? I mean, of course, as an American, she's safe. But are Singaporean LGBTs? Personally, I hope she speaks out about that . . . or else, she shouldn't be doing business there. JMO.

Leonard Clark said...

Hi JCF, she just gave a big interview...it's at: