Iron & Weed: Cat Cora Eyes the Edibles Industry

By lunchtime, Cat Cora has already finished her daily workout, dropped her six sons off at school and is heading back to pick up one son who injured himself. “It’s a busy day,” the award-winning chef says from her Santa Barbara, California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but if there is one thing that 20 years of television appearances has taught her, it’s to always be prepared.

“I always say, ‘Life is in session,’” she asserts.

Cora, best known for being the first female chef to appear on the popular cooking game show “Iron Chef America,” is a powerhouse of the culinary world. Initially supported by strong mentors, such as Julia Child and other Michelin-starred French chefs, Cora has spent countless hours both on camera and in the kitchen at her

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