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I got to spend a whole day with her while she filmed the television series. She said that the professional cooking world is a man’s world, but that shouldn’t stop me. So she gave birth to Caje, but he’s my biological child. ** Your parents were together for more than 40 years. And it’s important to make up and say you love each other. My parents hugged us a lot and were always telling us how much they loved us. Jennifer and I always try to better ourselves by reading and talking to teachers and friends. You have so many projects: You’ve written three cookbooks; you’re the executive chef of ; you have a restaurant at Disney World. Do you have any daily routines you stick to no matter what? It can seem like you never have enough time for your family and friends—and you always have guilt—but we’re all in it together. Make sure you take at least 20 minutes to be with your family at dinner. Our older son is doing karate, soccer and skateboarding on the weekend. With four kids, we say we were going for a kitchen staff or a rock band.I carried Nash, but he’s Jennifer’s biological child. That was in the ’80s at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
I’ve had to let go of some because it was more than he or she could handle. And when my mom did bake cookies, they were from scratch. I look back at what she did and wish we had it so together today. They don’t always want me to go away, but they understand it.It’s one thing to be really busy in a restaurant on a Saturday night, but this is a whole different beast. When I was trying to figure out what to do, I tried to open a restaurant in my hometown, Jackson, MS. The other side was that we didn’t have the mom who was waiting for us and baking cookies. I explain in a kid-friendly way that I’m traveling so we can pay for our house and toys and so they can go to camp. I try to focus on the positive, like the fact that I’m setting an example of being out there, following your dreams, being a good citizen.A behind-the-scenes gallery of Cat and her family Click here for Cat's family recipes Click here to meet more Chef Moms Tell us about your motto: Go big or go home. Even if you don’t feel confident—you still want to look like you are. Then if I didn’t win, at least people would say, “She brought everything. It was difficult to decide what to do after college. I was writing business plans, trying to get investors, but it never happened. Then my mom planted the idea of going to culinary school, and soon after that I met Julia Child; then the doors opened. It was in Mississippi at a book signing when I was about 21. I know in my heart I’m doing the right thing for our family. Sometimes one will say, “This is yucky,” even though he hasn’t even tasted it.She went big.” I believe you have to take risks in life. I waited at the end of the line for her to finish with everyone else because I wanted time to talk to her. We discussed where I’d go to culinary school, and she suggested the Culinary School of America. So she helped you figure out what you wanted to do with your life? Plus, I always had a bucket list of what I wanted to do. I got a degree in exercise physiology and biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. College taught me to be articulate, helped me be well read and shaped me as a businesswoman. Mom made sure all of the kids had a chore, and she’d rotate them. And I know that I am where I am today because of the role model my mom was. I take popular dishes like tuna casserole, beef stroganoff, fish sticks and chicken curry and tell you how to make them faster, fresher and lighter. Or they’ll say, “Tonight it’s yucky,” about something they usually love.Studying wellness plays into my platform today, which is healthy cooking. Women were just starting to go, so there were only about six of us in a class of 60. The more discouraging the comments, the more I wanted to show them. I was told I should be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, things like that. She’d make Greek cookies, roll grape leaves, make phyllo dough. One day it was help with salad—another it was set the table or load the dishwasher. You had an interesting arrangement where both you and your partner, Jennifer, took turns getting pregnant and were implanted with each other’s embryos. Jennifer’s a great cook, and when she has more time, she makes a great fennel chicken on the grill. But overall they eat a lot of different types of foods. They’ll eat pork tenderloin, edamame, broccoli and chicken. They do get dessert every night because we believe in yummy kid things.There were still some old-school professors who gave us trouble. It was like when I was growing up and my two brothers would say I couldn’t do something, it made me want to do it even more. If you let yourself feel inspired rather than discouraged when you hear comments like that, it can be a very powerful motivator. My mom was an Air Force brat—her dad was a brigadier general—so she’d lived all over and prepared very eclectic dishes. We had a common sperm donor for all the kids, and we both did in-vitro fertilization. They could eat hamburgers every single night and be happy, but we mix it up. I encourage them to keep tasting and trying new things, and I’m not a short-order cook who makes different things for each one. ** I guess you need to stay in shape when raising four boys.** Sometimes they’re all running around the house and it’s chaotic, so we have to reel them back in.
Instead of making me insecure or shrink against a challenge, it made me step it up even more. We’d have lasagna, sweet-and-sour pork, beef stroganoff. So I got my eggs harvested once—it was four years ago and I was 39—and so did Jennifer. Jennifer and I tag-team well, and when I’m home, it’s 50-50. Jennifer feeds them while I make breakfast for the older kids. We all hang out and have fun so we start the day right with some laughs. We buy all organic meat with no hormones and lots of organic produce. We love the boys—they’re so funny and awesome—but they get crazy sometimes, so we send them outside to play in the backyard.
Did you let Julia Child know when you graduated from culinary school? When I graduated two and a half years later, she invited me to her home. Then the doctor implanted Jennifer and me with each other’s eggs. It’s okay to fight in front of the kids, but you must fight fair. Parents don’t need to be your best friends; they need to be parents. I do a lot of work when the kids are asleep and while they’re in school. If they run into my home office and need something, I put my work down. Jennifer will take Zoran and Caje to school while I put the babies down for a nap. ** With so much work in so many places, I was on the road 200 days last year and probably will be again this year. But I’m about to open a restaurant in the San Francisco airport. Most of the time I travel alone because taking the family would be too disruptive for them. We’re an alliance of culinary professionals and educators working to provide hunger relief all over the world. We were also involved in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Remember that you’re setting a great example for your kids. Living in Santa Barbara, we love to get on cruisers and hang out all day on the beach. But I always tell people that if they don’t have the budget to buy organic, just worry about the important things. The most important thing is keeping them stimulated.
Cat Cora dishes on raising four boys, being on the road 200 days a year, meeting her idol Julia Child and coming out to her parents.
You’re the first—and so far, the only—female Iron Chef on Food Network’s . If someone insisted on paying her, she’d donate the money.
Why hasn’t another woman been selected to join you? ** As a working mom with four kids, do you ever feel working-mom guilt?
There are certainly many talented female chefs, and there have been female challengers who’ve been good competitors. Cooking is one thing, but performing while you’re cooking, being under pressure, having a time limit and being on camera are another. Getting mentally prepared and accomplishing a win in the show’s time frame. Being physically fit is a big part of being a great Iron Chef—it sets you apart. I make sure I have a great team because it takes a special type of sous chef to be able to do all that’s required. ** I felt that way intensely with our first and second children.