Cat Cora on COVID-19 and Human Recalibration

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact jobs, families and financial futures worldwide, celebrity chef, author and television personality Cat Cora joins Billy Shore to discuss how this pandemic is exposing our humanity and what the lasting impacts might be. “This is a human recalibration. We’re recalibrating the world. We are more authentic than we’ve ever been… We’re all on a level playing field, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. We needed that as a society,” she says. However, she does also urge government assistance of small restaurants and businesses. “So much support needs to go into small businesses because they really are the quilt of American hospitality. The small mom-n-pop restaurants and small businesses are what keeps America going.”

Cora is involved with various efforts to help people during this difficult time, including supporting the No Kid Hungry campaign through her Chefs for Humanity organization and a new live web series. “[CORA-ntine Cuisine] is our service to the world. We’re cooking dinner anyway, we might as well share it with the world. We can be a hotline to give advice and tips and share recipes and connect,” she explains.

Listen to learn how a very caring mom and business owner is using her platform to support people during this difficult and uncertain time.

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Cat Cora

Cat Cora (catcora.com) is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, television personality, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert and proud mother of six. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America and went on to cook at two 3-star Michelin restaurants in France. In 2005, Cora made television history when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America. After Cora’s Iron Chef debut, she was featured extensively on a number of television shows, most recently as co-host on BRAVO’s “Around the World in 80 Plates” as well as FOX’s “My Kitchen Rules.” In 2006, Cora was awarded Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Teacher of the Year Award” and was named the Executive Chef of the magazine. She was also the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame. Cora is also the author of three successful cookbooks, one children’s book and her memoir called Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Food, Family and Forgiveness. She is the President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, a non-profit dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education. President Barack Obama awarded her The President’s Volunteer Service Award for helping to address the most pressing needs in her community and our country and The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for building a stronger nation through her volunteer service.  

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