Celebrity chef Cat Cora and her wife Jennifer are divorcing after being together for nearly 20 years.

"It is with great sadness, that after 17 years, a tremendous amount of work, careful consideration and heavy hearts, my wife and I have mutually decided to no longer remain married," Cora told People. "In love, there is a season, a reason and a lifetime...We are forever parents to our boys and are jointly committed to raising them in a peaceful, nurturing and healthy environment."

Cora is perhaps best known for being the first female Iron Chef. She and her wife are moms to four boys, Zoran, 11, Caje, 8, Nash, 6 and Thatcher, 6. Cora currently runs four restaurants and was recently a guest judge on Cutthroat Kitchen.

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