The first female Iron Chef in the world
Her name is Cat Cora (or if you prefer the Greek one Katerina Karagiozi ) and she is the 42 year old famous Greek-American chef married to a woman , she has four children and she was asked to lead the chefs in the First Kitchen in the U.S.. With her culinary skill she had impressed the Greek Prime Minister and the 350 guests at the reception cited at the White House.
The menu for the Prime Minister and the members of the Greek delegation
Cat Cora accepted with pleasure the invitation of the White House through the father Alex Karloutsou from the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America. She created her own menu, inspired – by what else ? – Naturally from homeland. Indeed, the buffet included Lenten dishes for diners who observed the traditional customs of Lent.
Delicious lamb chops with a sauce that combines the taste of feta and Latin American tsimitsouri, ntolmas with egg lemon and black truffle, traditional Greek pastries, and a prominent place in the buffet was … The famous gyros, but made with a secret recipe! Healthy bread, fresh lettuce and tuna «Tatakis (recipe Far East) which is the basis of former ancestral dish, as the chef Cora likes to combine flavors from around the world, creating new recipes fusion. Indeed it is no coincidence that the kitchen Hellasian, that combines Greek and Asian cuisine has her own signature
Gay mother of four boys
In her personal life Cora surprises. She is official gay and married to her partner Jennifer, who took the surname Cora . They are living together for years in Santa Barbara, California with their sons Zoran and Kache. In March 2009, Cora found out that both women were pregnant again and they would bring to the world almost simultaneously two boys. According to her official statement all four sons were born using the same sperm donor. Moreover, Cora and her wife were intermediated mothers, since the one carried the surrogate embryos of the other. Jennifer gave birth to Julius Thatcher last April, while Cat , gave birth to Nas Lemiouel in July 2009
Raised with a Greek flair
The Chef Cora grew up in a small Greek community in Jackson city in the state of Mississippi. In her 15 she had discovered her culinary talent and puts target to open her own restaurant. With a dowry to the Greek tradition and boundless enthusiasm for creating she mixes flavors and tastes that smell … Greece. Goat milk cheese perfectly blended with spices of the American South.
Olives and homemade recipes from her grandparents’ island Skopelos. Family culinary secrets were destined to pave the way for a brilliant career in cooking.
Very soon she moved to New York where her dream began to take shape. This was followed by trips to Europe, studying, collaboration and professional repeated successes.
Award winning Chef Cora became more widely known in 2005 as the first and only female winner of the competition «Iron Chef» Food Network in the U.S.. Since then, she is constant among the elite of chefs and she is also a writer doing charity, business entrepreneur and consultant for large corporations. Despite these successes, the famous Greek American never forgets her roots. Having repeatedly visited the island of her father, Skopelos, always stresses her origin and does not omit to mention the beneficial properties of Greek cuisine.