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Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Announces First Pregnancy

Cat and Partner Carry One Another's Child

NEW YORK, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef Cat Cora (, star of Food Network's Iron Chef America and Executive Chef of Bon Appetit is excited to announce she is 4-1/2 months pregnant with a boy. At 41, this is her first pregnancy and the fourth child for the Cora family. Cat and her partner, Jennifer, have two sons and Jennifer will deliver their third child, also a boy, in April. "Jennifer and I are thrilled to go through the wonderful experience of pregnancy together. We started the in-vitro process 5 years ago," said Cat who is due in July. "This has been a miracle for us and we'll now have 4 beautiful children."

Together for nearly ten years, the Cora's share a unique family story in which both women have carried the other's biological child. Cat's pregnancy is a result of in-vitro fertilization with Jennifer's embryo. The couple's sons, ages 5 years and 23 months, were both carried by Jennifer. She was artificially inseminated for her first pregnancy, but the second she carried to term using Cat's embryo. In Jennifer's current pregnancy, both women's embryos were implanted, so the biological mother is unknown. They do not to plan to conduct DNA testing to determine the baby's biological mother.

Each of the couple's children was conceived through insemination or in-vitro with the same anonymous sperm donor, making the children biological brothers.

About Cat Cora

The first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network's hit show, Iron Chef America, Cat is also a two-time author and philanthropist, founding and presiding over her charity, Chefs for Humanity ( Her latest book, Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal applies her "go with what you've got" philosophy to create simple, sensational meals.

Cat recently launched CCQ (Cat Cora's Que) at Macy's new Signature Kitchen restaurant in South Coast Plaza. Raised in a food-loving Greek family in Mississippi, Cat grew up with her own unique barbeque traditions and continued to explore and expand on them as a chef. CCQ is designed as a fast casual concept and the food defines Cat's passion for global BBQ, offering various sauces and flavors.

In 2006, Bon Appetit magazine bestowed her with its Teacher of the Year Award and named her Executive Chef.

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