10 Things You Didn't Know About Cat Cora

10 Things You Didn't Know About Cat Cora
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Cat Cora

Read on to learn more about Cat Cora.

Earliest Memory In The Kitchen

Cat recalls baking cookies for tea parties she would host herself when she was about five years old. She would serve the cookies to her grandmother.

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Favorite Cooking Attire

Cat admits that she wears her gym clothes in the kitchen. She can always be found wearing FitFlops and a head band.

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Kitchen Quirk

Cat says that since she was young, she would burn toast. "I don't know what it is about toast," Cat admits. "I have to check the toast 10 times. It is kind of an obsession." She says that she can be heard scraping burnt toast from around her house.

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Food She Can't Live Without

"I could not live without hummus," Cat reveals. "I eat hummus every few hours. It is an all-purpose food. Natalie Portman said in an article that she eats her weight in hummus and I can totally understand. I do the same thing. I eat my weight in hummus."

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If She Weren't a Chef, She Might Be a Rock Star

"I always say I would have been a rock star. I don't know if I would have been a good one," Cat reveals. "Or a novelist. I think a rock star is more my personality. I still want to be a musician." Cat says that learning an instrument remains on her bucket list, but that doesn't mean she doesn't sing! "You should hear me sing 'Shoop' by Salt-N-Pepper!"

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Best Advice

"The best piece of advice is never give up," says Cat. "But the biggest is from my mom: 'Never burn bridges, no matter what. Stay true to yourself. Be you. Don't try to be somebody else because that is already taken.'"

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Favorite Thing to Cook

Cat loves to grill and smoke meat, which is why summer is her favorite time of the year. Summer means family time outdoors, and grilling things like avocado, stone fruit, pineapple, watermelon, shrimp and even coconut.

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Point of Pride

Being the first female Iron Chef "blew me away. It was a huge honor," Cat says. "It was a new concept for all of us. We really didn't know how big it was going to be. I signed on thinking this is great because I watched the Japanese version and loved it. I was so excited to be a part of it. It was huge. I knew for me it was a great opportunity, a tipping point. I didn't realize how much of a cult following it would have or that it would go on this long. I didn't realize how inspiring it would be to young kids or the impact it would have on America. That was the best part of Iron Chef—inspiring a younger generation."

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Meeting Julia Child

Cat met Julia Child when she was trying to decide where to attend culinary school. She saw that Julia was signing books at a nearby bookstore, so she went to the event with her mom and grandma. "I introduced myself and said I was an aspiring chef looking at culinary schools and asked for advice. She sat me down and spent 30 or 40 minutes with me just talking," Cat reveals.

Even though Julia Child had a schedule to keep, she was gracious with Cat. "She did see something in me. She saw a passion I had, a motivation, a dedication and took time to really let me know that that was important." Cat even had the opportunity to spend the day with Julia at her home in Cambridge. "She was just a gracious woman from start to finish. Exactly what you would think she was like she was. I felt like to have met her and have had quality time with her was a gift, a gift to my career and an experience of a lifetime," says Cat.

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Family Food Traditions

Cat grew up in the Greek Orthodox faith, which she appreciates more now as an adult. Her parents insisted that she keep the traditions and she is pleased that they did. Cat's own family tradition is to have pizza and movie night every Friday.

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Cat Cora is known for appearing on Iron Chef and Around the World In 80 Plates, but did you know she can't live without hummus?

Cat dishes on her favorite kitchen attire and her unbelievable cooking quirk.

Check out the slideshow above to learn 10 things you didn't know about Cat Cora.

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