This week it is Athens' turn to welcome famous jet setting Greek American Chef, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Cat Cora home to Greece!
A talented, smart and dynamic woman who has taken America by storm and is currently promoting the benefits of our wonderful Mediterranean Cuisine and lifestyle all over the USA and the world, Cat Cora is the first,and the only, female winner of the Iron Chef America competition! This is no mean achievement and she deserves congratulations all round!
She has recently inaugurated what promises to be a highly promising new venture which is none other than Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This is a Greek themed taverna style restaurant right down to the ouzo! We like the fact that at the opening, in a toast to his daughter's latest accomplishment, Cat Cora's father Spiro asked the group to raise a glass to the memory of Walt Disney as well. In Greece it is common practice to remember those who have left this world for higher things...(Read about the opening in the Orlando Sentinel)
Cat Cora, who has just returned from a weekend in Crete (the home of the Mediterranean Diet) for wine and olive oil tastings, features in this month's issue of Greek Vogue and will be the keynote speaker during a workshop on “Greece as a Culinary Destination,” organized by DEREE – The American College of Greece. The workshop will bring together Cora with some top culinary and tourism professionals such as Yiannis Boutaris and fellow Greek American Food Writer and critic Diane Kochilas, and is designed to celebrate the new B.S. in International Tourism and Hospitality Management major at Deree – The American College of Greece (DEREE – ACG).
The three- hour workshop will take place at the John S. Bailey Library at DEREE tomorrow, Monday, December 14, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Following the discussion, Cat Cora will offer a live cooking demonstration, titled “Modern Twist on Greek Classics.”
Culinary tourism has been exploding globally, as countries and tourism enterprises seek to differentiate themselves in the crowded leisure market by appealing to travelers’ particular interests.
Greece has one of the most distinct culinary traditions in the world, and its traditional cuisine, what is universally referred to as the Mediterranean Diet, has acquired mass appeal in recent years mainly because of persistent reports that it is especially beneficial to human health.
Congratulations on your success Cat Cora! We at Global Greek World welcome you to Greece and wish you all the best in all that you undertake!
Καλη Επιτυχία! Good Luck!
To read more about the event at Deree Click Here
To read more about Cat Cora Click Here
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To read Cat Cora's interview in Greek Vogue, Click Here (interview in Greek)