Aside from writing books, starring in a television show, spearheading charity projects and launching a new restaurant, lesbian Iron Chef Cat Cora has also managed to get pregnant. Cat, who has been with her partner Jen Cora for more than 10 years, is four and a half months pregnant with a boy. Jen is also knocked up, and is slated to give birth to a baby boy in April.
The pregnancy is Cat’s first, and the couple already have two sons, Zoran and Caje, that Jen carried. Cat and Jen did some serious embryo-swapping that took me a minute to grasp, according to a press release she issued today:
The Coras share a unique family story in which both women have carried the other’s biological child. Cat’s pregnancy is a result of in-vitro fertilization with Jennifer’s embryo. The couple’s sons, ages 5 years and 23 months, were both carried by Jennifer. She was artificially inseminated for her first pregnancy, but the second she carried to term using Cat’s embryo. In Jennifer’s current pregnancy, both women’s embryos were implanted, so the biological mother is unknown. They do not to plan to conduct DNA testing to determine the baby’s biological mother.
The boys also all share the same anonymous (and generous) sperm donor, making them all biological brothers. Cat will give birth in July, and the Cora’s lucky for sons will surely be eating delicious food daily.
“Jennifer and I are thrilled to go through the wonderful experience of pregnancy together. We started the in-vitro process five years ago,” Cat said in a statement. “This has been a miracle for us and we’ll now have four beautiful children.”
Cat, who was awarded the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in 2008, has always spoken openly about her family and we couldn’t be happier for her and Jen.
“Jen and I have never hidden the fact that we’re together,” she told foodie Carolyn Jung in November. “Our kids are important to us, and we want them to know we’re proud to be their mothers. You have to stand up for who you are, because you are basically standing up for them. We’re just an all-American family living the all-American dream.”
Cat recently opened a barbecue restaurant, CCQ (Cat Cora’s Que), in Costa Mesa, Calif. and is still the only female on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. She also founded Chefs for Humanity, a charity that aims to provide “nutrition education, hunger relief, and emergency and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger across the world.”
Obviously, Cat is quite the multi-tasker. Pardon the pun, but she seems to have the woman-who-has-it-all recipe down.