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Bon Appétit realized this in 2006 when they award her their Teacher of the Year Award, and soon after named her executive chef of the magazine.
[Saad] "Who are your role models now?"
[Cat] "My family. They continually push me to be the best I can be every single day, and they will always be my #1 role models. I also see my fellow Iron Chefs as role models; they push me to strive to be the best I can be in the kitchen."
Outside of the kitchen, Cat is known for her philanthropy. She is President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, an organization which was founded in response to the 2004 Tsunami disaster. Modeled after Doctors Without Borders, the not-for-profit gathers the culinary community together to raise funds and provide resources for important emergency, educational and hunger-related causes.
Cat launched her second book in the Spring of 2007. In Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals (Houghton Mifflin), Cat elevates at home cooking to new levels. The book applies her "go-with-what-you've got" philosophy to creating simple, yet sensational meals.
In addition, Cats introduced her first fast-casual restaurant concept, CCQ, in December 2008 at Macys Signature Kitchen in Costa Mesa, CA. Cat takes diners to far flung destinations at CCQ by infusing classic barbeque with flavors from around the world.
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