The blond bombshell dishes up her diet, workout, and career secrets

By Kristen Aldridge
May 09, 2012

There's nothing that acclaimed chef, restaurateur, humanitarian, mother, television personality, and author Cat Cora can't do!

From heating up kitchens worldwide with her delicious, healthy recipes to opening her own restaurants, authoring popular cookbooks, and making TV history as the first female Iron Chef, millions have been inspired by her talent and tireless ability to give back.

Now she's taking her culinary influence to the next level by inspiring 12 other determined chefs on her own exciting new series, Around the World in 80 Plates, premiering tonight at 10/9c on Bravo!

That's why we were thrilled when we got the scoop from Cora herself on what's cookin' in her kitchen, diet, workout, and career. Read on for more!

What's Cookin' in Cat Cora's Kitchen:

If there's anyone who knows how to make good food (that's also good for you), it's Cora. Aside from being a world-renowned chef, she has a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in biology and nutrition.

"I've been involved in wellness for the last 25 years, and it's always been a platform in my cooking," Cora says. "It's been such a joy to be able to bring that to fans through my cookbooks, restaurants, and shows, as well as into my own life with my kids!"

Cora recommends adding citrus, spices, and herbs to your foods to build flavor without the fat and calories. She also encourages cooking techniques like grilling or sautéing with olive oil instead of butter.

What's Cookin' in Cat Cora's Diet:

Growing up in a Greek-American household, the Mississippi native was raised with a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. All these years later, Cora still lives by the nutritious eating philosophy with her own kids.

"My mother was kind of ahead of her time. While a lot of my friends were eating fried okra, we'd be eating steamed artichokes!" Cora says. "My daily diet consists of things like fresh fish, lean meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and yogurt. Focusing on fresh ingredients, locally grown products, and staying with the seasons will always help you eat healthier."

What's Cookin' in Cat Cora's Workout:

Having an insanely busy career and being such a devoted, amazing mom at the same time, you'd think Cora would have difficulty fitting in her daily workouts. Somehow we're not surprised she manages to rock her fitness regime just as much as she does the kitchen!

"I work out 7 days a week. I don't recommend that for everyone, but I've been doing that for so long it's just what works for me," Cora reveals. "I try do some type of cardio for at least 45 minutes every day."

She has an elliptical at home and enjoys running, restorative yoga, stretching, and light weights, along with some good ole fun in the sun. "I have four boys, so we're always playing soccer, basketball, softball, and going boogie boarding at the beach," she says.

What's Cookin' in Cat Cora's Career:

If you think you've seen every type of reality competition show out there, think again! Cora stars along with chef Curtis Stone in Bravo's newest series, Around the World in 80 Plates. In each episode, 12 chefs will travel across the globe testing their culinary skills and determination while learning the local customs, cultures, and cuisines worldwide.

"It's like Top Chef and Amazing Race sprinkled in with a little Survivor, bringing together a unique and fresh format that hasn't been done before!" Cora says. "We're giving chefs an experience of a lifetime and I couldn't be more excited about it."

Tune in to Bravo every Wednesday at 10/9 c, and be sure to keep up to date with all of Cat Cora's latest ventures in the world of cooking via her official website, Twitter, and Facebook.