As a prominent figure in the culinary community, Cat Cora made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.
As a successful restaurateur, Cora recently joined RWS Resorts to launch Ocean by Cat Cora on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Prior to this, Cora opened Cat Cora’s Que situated in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California as well Cat Cora’s Kitchen with three locations including San Francisco International Airport, George Bush International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport, which is also home to Cat Cora’s Kitchen Gourmet Market. The acclaimed chef collaborated with Disney to create, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, a Mediterranean restaurant located at Disneyworld Boardwalk in Orlando, Florida.
Cora has two thriving food lines, “Cat Cora’s Kitchen” which features preservative-free all natural products from Greece and healthy Mediterranean breads and spreads. In addition, she also has a merchandise line called “Cat Cora by Starfrit.”
Last year, Cora became the first female chef to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame. Following this, Cora partnered with MOZO Shoes to reveal her first signature shoe line in January of 2013.
On-screen, Cora has hosted, guest judged and appeared as herself in a number of hit food shows across television. Some of these shows include Food Network’s “Melting Pot,” “Kitchen Accomplished,” “My Country, My Kitchen: Greece,” “Date Plates,” NBC’s “Celebrity Cooking Showdown,” Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates,” as well as multiple Disney webisodes.
Beyond television, Cora is also a published author with three successful cookbooks and one children’s book to her name. Additionally, in 2004, Cora founded Chefs for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education.
Cora grew up in an intimate Greek community in Jackson, Mississippi, where she developed a passion for the culinary arts while watching her family and relatives infuse Southern spices with Mediterranean delicacies. As a young adult, she left Mississippi for New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America. Cora then continued her culinary education in Europe, completing apprenticeships for two of France’s renowned three-star Michelin chefs. She eventually returned to New York before travelling west to Napa Valley, California.
She currently resides in the Santa Barbara, California area with her family.
Nigel Barker has been a creative force for new ideas in the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment for the past 20 years. He is internationally renowned for his photography, his creative presence in fashion, beauty and entertainment, and his career has been punctuated by an array of fascinating projects.
Nigel’s work has included commercials, spokesperson roles, books, photograph exhibitions, international editorial assignments and the creation of his own show, “The Shot” on VH1. After 17 seasons as the judge on the hit show, “America’s Next Top Model,” Barker is now the host on the Oxygen Network’s “The Face,” alongside Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha, which was picked up for a second season, to air in early 2014. He also directs and produces films, documentaries and commercials for Hollywood clients to international charitable organizations. Most recently, Barker was awarded the “Film Heals” Award for Humanitarianism at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival for “Dreams Are Not Forgotten.” Using the power of photography and motion pictures he has been able to spread his humanitarian message to vast audiences. Resulting in films, PSAs and traveling exhibitions for The Humane Society of the United States, The Make A Wish Foundation, The United Nations Foundation, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation and The Edeyo Foundation.
Heidi Klum is a major star in the fashion and entertainment world. Having established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria’s Secret and appearing on the covers of pop-culture mainstays including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Klum’s career has taken many new directions.
Klum is the host and executive producer of the eight-time Emmy-nominated series “Project Runway.” After finishing its sixth season, “Project Runway” was the highest-rated program on cable. Klum recently joined the judging panel of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” She also hosts “Germany’s Next Top Model,” which has been a runaway hit in that country for seven years. She has written a lifestyle book, Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior and released a book, Rankin’s Heidilicious, featuring some of her favorite photos taken by talented photographer Rankin. Her numerous other ventures include two self-designed collections maternity lines for A Pea In the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, a sportswear and sneaker collection for New Balance, a collection of apparel, bedding, furniture and gear for Babies “R” Us called Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum and campaigns for Diet Coke, Ann Taylor, Dannon, Carl’s Jr. and Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy.
She has also launched Heidi Klum on AOL, a channel for women to find information on every topic. It revolves around Heidi and the lifestyle experts in her world creating a loose framework of ideas and advice on fashion, beauty, parenting, arts and crafts and lifestyle.
Klum’s modeling career began in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach, when she won a national model search. After this win, Klum signed with an agency, and her modeling career officially took off. She has since worked with many of the world’s top fashion photographers including Sante D’Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Rankin, Matthew Ralston, Arthur Elgort, Walter Chin, Robert Erdmann, Marco Glaviano, Michael Thompson, Raymond Meier, Richard Burbridge, Mark Seliger, Wayne Mazur, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.
She has been featured in all of the top fashion/beauty and lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, ID, W, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Allure, Lucky, Self, Town & Country, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, Esquire, Forbes, Arena, GQ, British GQ (for which she was named “Woman of the Year” twice in a row) French, British and German Vogue, German Elle, Self, Fitness, Dutch, New Woman and Grazia magazines. Klum has shot campaigns for clients including McDonald’s, Diet Coke (for which she was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative for four years), Volkswagen, LG, H&M, Nike, American Express, Target, Express, Liz Claiborne, Lenscrafters, Siemens, Givenchy, Nine West, INC, Finesse, Braun (for which her legs were insured for over $2 million!) and the prestigious Pirelli calendar. Klum also starred in the infamous Guitar Hero campaign receiving millions of views on YouTube.
Klum is also well known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. One of her first big breaks as a model was to walk in Victoria’s Secret widely-viewed runway show. Since then, she has completed many campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, being featured prominently in the company’s world-famous catalogs, swim books and fashion shows and has even worn the multi-million dollar jeweled holiday bras. Klum was featured in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records for donning the most expensive bra – Victoria’s Secrets’ Heavenly Star Bra. She also served as host of the CBS broadcast special of the annual fashion show.
Klum’s acting appearances include Miramax’s “Blow Dry” and “Ella Enchanted,” ABC’s “Spin City,” and guest roles on HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” as Ursula Andress, “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “Sex and the City,” PBS’ “Sesame Street,” and a voiceover for The Weinstein Company’s “Hoodwinked Too” as Heidi, the Yodeler. She hosted the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS including Clash of the Commercials in 2011 and 2012. She also swam with sharks for an episode for Discovery Channel’s popular “Shark Week” and hosted Lifetime’s “Seriously Funny Kids.” In addition, she appeared as villainess scientist Katya Nadanova in the best-selling James Bond 007 videogame, Everything or Nothing. Klum has appeared on over 100 talk shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Live! with Regis & Kelly,” “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Piers Morgan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and more.
As a testament to Klum’s place in pop culture, Mattel created a Barbie in her likeness as part of their Blonde Ambition Collection that celebrated blondes in fashion and entertainment. She is also featured in the iconic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin.
Klum’s charity involvements include work on behalf of such organizations as The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the American Red Cross (as part of its Celebrity Cabinet), Worldwide Orphans Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Klum also appears in a PSA for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.
On downtime at shoots, Klum also cultivates her creative talents – sketching ideas for her jewelry, clothing and shoe lines, as well as crafting new ideas for her ever-developing businesses and interests.