ORLANDO, Fla.–Celebrity chef, entrepreneur and philanthropist Cat Cora has been inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame, becoming the first female chef to receive this recognition by the American Culinary Federation. It was presented on July 15 during the ACF National Convention trade show here.
Established in 2007, the annual awards are given to chefs who have distinguished themselves in the culinary world, are nationally and/or internationally recognized through print and/or live media for their contributions and are culinary icons who serve as role models by mentoring and providing support to future culinarians. Past recipients include Charlie Palmer, James Beard and Thomas Keller.
Cora became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” in 2005. She also co-hosted the recently completed Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates” with Curtis Stone. She owns four restaurants, has written two cookbooks and is the creator of Cat Cora by Starfrit, a line of cookware and kitchen accessories, and Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea, a range of olive oils, tapenades, sauces and more. In addition, she is the founder and president of Chefs for Humanity, which is committed to promoting nutrition education, hunger relief and emergency and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this prestigious award and to join such an esteemed group of past honorees,” said Cora. “ACF members represent the highest achievements in culinary excellence and for me to be chosen as the first female chef to be inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame is truly a highlight of my career.”