10 Recipe Contest Finalists Selected to Win Chance to Cook with Celebrity Chef Cat Cora

10 national finalists have been selected in the LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK recipe contest! The kids chosen have recorded cooking videos which are being voted on by the public on the LOUKOUMI facebook page and the winner will get the chance to cook their favorite childhood recipe with celebrity chef CAT CORA. Fan votes will count along with the votes of a celebrity judging panel including Cat herself, CBS News Anchor Alexis Christoforous, FOX News Anchor Ernie Anastos, book agent Karen Strauss, representatives from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital & Chefs for Humanity and others.

The contest is based on LOUKOUMI’s CELEBRITY COOKBOOK, the award winning Children’s book by Nick Katsoris, featuring favorite childhood recipes by over 50 celebrities including Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, Taylor Swift, Eli Manning, Matt Lauer, Justin Timberlake, Sherri Shepherd, Katie Couric, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, 8 Disney Channel stars and many others. The book has won 2 World Cookbook Awards and the Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence. The contest invited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their favorite childhood recipe and to complete the statement: “(Recipe Name) is my favorite childhood recipe because… (in 10 words or less).”

Facebook voting will be open until Thursday September 13 at Noon. For more details please visit www.Loukoumi.com.


New York attorney Nick Katsoris, author of the acclaimed and award-winning children’s book series featuring Loukoumi the fluffy lamb, has gathered the favorite childhood recipes of more than 50 celebrities in his delightfully illustrated new cookbook for children and their families, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK. A minimum of $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chefs for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK, Loukoumi and her friends Dean the dog, Marika the monkey and Fistiki the cat are playing happily when they become hungry. At Loukoumi’s home they discover Fistiki’s Aunt Cat Cora, a character based on celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef, and President and Founder of Chefs for Humanity, which works to reduce hunger around the world. Aunt Cat offers to help them make her childhood favorite dish — Grandma’s Special Cream Cheese Cake. The story continues as Aunt Cat guides the friends in gathering and measuring ingredients and preparing them for the oven, all the while sharing child-friendly safety tips.

Beginning with Cat Cora’s recipe for Alma’s Italian Cream Cake, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK is divided into Weekend Breakfasts, Lunchtime Favorites, After-School Snacks, Family Meals, and Delicious Desserts. With tasty treats for the whole family, the book includes Rachael Ray’s French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit, Oprah Winfrey’s Corn Fritters, Ellen DeGeneres’ Vegan Sliders, Beyoncé’s Easy Guacamole with Corn Chip Scoops, Betty White’s Chicken Wings, Miranda Cosgrove’s Spaghetti Tacos, Nicole Kidman’s Rice Pudding, Matt Lauer’s Beanie Weenie Stew, Mario Lopez’s Chicken Enchiladas, Marlo Thomas’ Corn Pudding, and Eli Manning’s Lace Cookies — plus recipes from Jennifer Aniston, Katie Couric, Bridgit Mendler, Jay Leno, Constantine Maroulis, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Paula Dean, George Stephanopoulos, Faith Hill, Sherri Shepherd, Al Roker, and many others.

Perfect for family cooking fun, LOUKOUMI’S CELEBRITY COOKBOOK will bring you and yours together over many fun-to-prepare meals.

“The Loukoumi series of books have been wonderful for kids and parents alike. They each have an inspiring message and like the others, Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook is a great story with the bonus of being full of delicious recipes. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is honored to benefit from this project.”
—Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook is a fantastic way to get your children excited about helping out & experimenting with you in the kitchen, to make delicious and healthful meals from the heart that the whole family can enjoy together.” –Celebrity Chef Cat Cora, President & Founder Chefs for Humanity

About the Author:
Nick Katsoris is the author of the iParenting Media Award-winning books Loukoumi, Loukoumi’s Good Deeds, Growing up with Loukoumi, and Loukoumi’s Gift. A practicing attorney and General Counsel of the Red Apple Group, Katsoris sponsors the annual Growing Up with Loukoumi Dream Day contest granting kids the opportunity to spend the day in their dream careers. He also rallies thousands of kids each October to do a good deed on National Make a Difference Day by sponsoring Make a Difference with Loukoumi Day. He resides in Eastchester, New York, with his wife and two children.

About Nick’s Visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
In October 2009, children’s book author Nick Katsoris visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the first time…and it changed his life forever. Katsoris, whose last 3 books in his Loukoumi series (www.loukoumi.com) have benefited the Hospital, met a beautiful little girl named Alivia. She was barely a year old and he will never forget the headband with the huge daisy that she was wearing. The two bonded instantly and Katsoris, who has a daughter Aliva’s age, gave Alivia the sole Loukoumi plush toy he had with him.

Katsoris read and signed books for the patients that day and realized his purpose for being there when the father of one of the patients put their hand on Katsoris’ shoulder and said, “Thank you for distracting our children.” That line was the hallmark of the day and is what has energized Katsoris to continue donating proceeds from his Loukoumi books to St. Jude. He is also in discussions with St. Jude to do something permanent at the Hospital in the form of a Loukoumi Storytime program so that his books and others can continue to provide a positive distraction for the children.

Two years have passed. Last month, in order to save little Aliva’s vision, she underwent radioactive plaque implant surgery at St. Jude to combat the cancer in this now 3 year old girl’s eye. Just a couple of days later, Alivia’s grandmother highlighted on facebook a photo of Aliva with Loukoumi the lamb from the 2009 event. She then reached out to author Nick Katsoris to tell him that Alivia, who made such an impact on him in 2009, underwent successful surgery. She also told him how much the Loukoumi books meant to her granddaughter. She indicated that since there was a risk of Alivia losing her vision, her family wanted her to read and see as many books as possible while she still could. In fact, Alivia’s mother said that not a night goes by where Alivia does not request to have the Loukoumi books read three times.

It is stories like this that have made Katsoris unite over 50 celebrities with his new book, Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook. Katsoris is grateful to these celebrities who have joined together for this “We Are The World” of children’s books, and together they hope to make more children smile like Alivia, the beautiful little girl with the daisy headband.

By Nick Katsoris