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By Wonderwall Editors

When "Iron Chef America" star Cat Cora was arrested on suspicion of DUI last month, she avoided an embarrassing mug shot because she was taken to a "sobering house," rather than to jail, before being released, MSNBC reports.

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By the time she returned to have her picture taken for police records eleven days later, she looked about as fresh and well-groomed as she does on the show.

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Cora, who reportedly rear-ended another car before she was stopped by police in Santa Barbara, Calif., on June 17, blew a breath sample that showed a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit, according to TMZ.

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The celebrity chef later issued a statement, apologizing for her lapse in judgment.

"I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable," she said. "I learned a very important lesson from this experience and take full accountability for my actions. This will never happen again."