Cat Cora Prepares for More Cooks in the Kitchen
Cat Cora handily sliced and diced her way to becoming Iron Chef America’s first and only female Iron Chef in 2005. But her first pregnancy has been no piece of cake. “I’m not very comfortable,” Cat, 41, told Life & Style during a visit to Santa Barbara, Calif., where she has a recently renovated home. “It’s a big transition for me — I’m like a fish out of water.”
Luckily, she’s not going it alone: Cat’s wife, Jennifer, 37, just gave birth to son Thatcher Julius this past Saturday.
“The first baby will be 3-months-old when it’s my turn in July,” Cat explains. “We decided to have them almost as twins because I travel so much and Jen can breastfeed both.” Jen, a homemaker, is thrilled to be sharing the experience with Cat.
Jen gave birth to the couple’s first two sons, Zoran, 5, and Caje, 2. “We were a little scared going through the hormones together — that’s a lot of emotion,” Jen tells Life & Style. “But it worked because we have such a strong relationship.”
Cat, who is partnering with Disney World to open Kouzzina, a new Mediterranean-style restaurant in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., couldn’t agree more. “It just makes us more supportive of each other,” she says. “We share maternity clothes and cravings!”
While Cat’s been salivating over spicy foods, cheeses, breads, tomato sauces and cupcakes, she also takes time to whip up goodies for her sweetie. “Cat makes me the most delicious pasta and carrot cake all the time,” Jen says.
Not on the menu? More buns in the oven for this full house of two moms, soon-to-be four sons and two Chihuahuas. “I grieved that we weren’t having a girl for about an hour,” says Cat. “But we love the boys. They take care of their mamas, so in the end we couldn’t be happier.”
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