Cat Cora has been breaking down walls her entire career, and now she's hit yet another milestone by becoming the first female chef to ever be inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
The American Culinary Foundation gave Cat the ultimate honor this week, marking her success in both the culinary and the media world -- including her recent co-hosting turn on Around the World in 80 Plates -- as the keys to her induction. Of the news, Cat said:
"I am honored and humbled to accept this prestigious award and to join such an esteemed group of past honorees ... ACF members represent the highest achievements in culinary excellence and for me to be chosen as the first female chef to be inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame is truly a highlight of my career."
Cora just this week wrapped up the inaugural season of 80 Plates, which he co-hosted alongside Curtis Stone. We recently caught up with Cat at the Plates finale party -- see what she had to say about the show below, and be sure to check out Cat's personal photo diary here!
Congratulations Chef Cora!! I think that is awesome and you truly deserve it. I loved you on Around the World in 80 Plates. I think the concept of the show was great. I'm sure the contestants did not at times because it did look to be very hard, especially in those places where it was so hot and humid. I hope that you return for another season of "80 Plates." I love both you and Curtis. You both did a great job! Great to have a woman in the Hall of Fame finally. Once again, nice going and best of luck to you in the future.
What an awesome week! Two kickass gals made us proud to be she creatures! First Avery winning 80 plates, then Cat winning this award. Congratulations!!!!