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Hot Plates: Chef Cat Cora added to Fort Lauderdale event discussing women in restaurant industry

Hot Plates: Chef Cat Cora added to Fort Lauderdale event discussing women in restaurant industry

(UPDATE: Chef Cat Cora, the first woman to become an “Iron Chef” on Food Network, has been added to the June 25 program at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale. Cora will be part of the panel discussing issues faced by women in the restaurant industry following a screening of “A Fine Line,” a documentary by filmmaker Joanna James.)

Joanna James saw the struggles and triumphs of a woman in the restaurant business firsthand. Her mother, Valerie James, started a small eatery in Holden, Mass., after a divorce. Through hard work and determination, Val’s Restaurant became a local institution, a 400-seat, 13,000-square-foot restaurant and banquet hall about 50 miles west of Boston. After 28...

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