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Cat Cora's Mugshot: The "Iron Chef" Had it Taken 11 Days After DUI Arrest, Had Hair & Makeup Done

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A photo shoot is a photo shoot, even when it's your DUI mugshot! So proves Food Network's Iron Chef Cat Cora, who looked suspiciously glamorous in her mugshot for her recent DUI arrest in Santa Barbara. Cora, who was caught slurring on tape and calling the cameraman a "nerd" following a crash in June, didn't actually have her mugshot taken until 11 days after her arrest. Naturally, the camera-ready cook opted to get her hair and makeup done for the shoot.

MSNBC explains how this came to be:

Cora was taken to the Sobering House in Santa Barbara and not to jail on the night of her arrest, so she did not have to take a mugshot that night, according to SBPD spokesman Sgt. Riley Harwood. The Sobering House is a place where cooperative, non-violent people who have been arrested for DUI are taken to sober up before being released. By law, Cora had up until the date of her arraignment on July 26 to come in and get her mugshot taken, which explains the 11-day lag between the incident and the photo, according to Harwood.

Cora admitted at the scene to having consumed three beers before getting behind the wheel, but has no prior DUI arrests.