06/15/2010 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood is pleased to welcome the first female Iron Chef Cat Cora to the shop to discuss, sign, and share food from her new cookbook, Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes, on Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm.
It's no surprise 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 a new restaurant recently opened at Macy’s South Coast Plaza and another on the way at Walt Disney World, Cat’s bringing a taste of her culinary influence to both coasts.
Outside of the kitchen, Cat is known for her philanthropy. She is President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, an organization which was founded 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. In addition to this, she recently became the nutritional spokesperson for UNICEF.