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Every Day With Rachael Ray
American television host, businesswoman, celebrity cook, and author
In 1995, Ray moved to New York City. She worked first at the Macy's Marketplace candy counter. When Macy's tried to promote her to a buyer in accessories, she moved to Agata & Valentina, a specialty foods store.
Moving back to The Adirondacks, Ray managed Mister Brown's Pub at The Sagamore, a hotel on Lake George. From there, she became a buyer at Cowan & Lobel, a gourmet market in Albany. Ray credits the concept of 30 Minute Meals to her experience working at the store, where she met people who were reluctant to cook. She taught a course in which she showed how to make meals in less than 30 minutes.
With the success of her "30 Minute Meals" classes, WRGB, the local CBS-TV affiliate, asked her to appear in a weekly segment on their newscasts. This, along with a public radio broadcast and the publication of her first book, led to a Today show spot and her first Food Network contract in 2001.
Ray, who favors a "quick and easy" cooking style, teaches many simple recipes that she says can be completed in 30 minutes or less, although critics claim her concept does not include preparation time.
Ray says her Sicilian maternal grandfather, Emmanuel Scuderi, and her Cajun ancestry both exert strong influences on her cooking. She uses ingredients such as fresh herbs, garlic, and chicken stock to boost flavors, and believes measuring "takes away from the creative, hands-on process of cooking." She, instead, favors approximations such as "half a palmful" or "2 pan swirl."
Ray, Shanna Peeples, National Teacher of the Year, and Jill Biden in 2015.
To critics of her shortcut techniques, Ray responds, "I have no formal anything. I'm completely unqualified for any job I've ever had." She has also repeatedly said, "I'm not a chef."
On her television programs, she has used catchphrases such as "E-V-O-O" (extra-virgin olive oil), "yum-o", "G.B." (garbage bowl), "Oh my gravy!", "entréetizer" (entrée-sized appetizer), "stoup" (cross between a soup and stew), and "choup" (thicker than a soup but thinner than a chowder). In 2007, The Oxford American College Dictionary announced the addition of the term EVOO, short for extra-virgin olive oil, which Ray had helped to popularize, and credited her with coining the phrase.
One of Ray's specialties is burgers. She has devoted one of her published works to the topic, The Book of Burger.
In 2005, she signed a deal to host a syndicated daytime TV talk show. The show, Rachael Ray, premiered on September 18, 2006. Recurrent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show were used to fuel the launch, much as Dr. Phil's show was spun off based on his own frequent visits to Oprah. The show tapes in New York City. In coordination with the syndication announcement, Ray said, "People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share".
On January 12, 2008, Ray's television series Rachael's Vacation premiered on the Food Network. The show was a five-part food travelogue shot in various European countries.[dead link]
In 2008, Ray became a television executive producer of a short-lived Latin cooking show on the Food Network, called Viva Daisy!, starring Daisy Martínez.
In 2019, Ray fulfilled a long-time goal of voicing a cartoon character when she voiced a character on the Nick Jr. program Butterbean's Café.
In 2003, Ray posed for the men's magazineFHM. Though she was not nude in any of the photos, this drew criticism so harsh, not least of all from Ray's own mother, that in a March 2, 2009 ABC News Nightline interview she gave to Cynthia McFadden, an ABC News correspondent, Ray defended her decision to pose in the magazine. The interview quoted her as saying, "I'd do it again tomorrow."
In November 2006, Ray became a spokeswoman for Nabisco crackers. She appears in commercials and on boxes for the many Nabisco products. Many boxes with Ray's picture have her recipes.
In February 2007, WestPoint Home launched sheets, blankets, and coverlets designed by Ray. Within six months, WestPoint expanded Ray's bed and bath line to include the "Moppine," a two-in-one dish towel/oven mitt, as Ray is often seen with a kitchen towel over her shoulder that doubles for her as an ersatz mitt.
In March 2007, the Dunkin' Donuts company announced Ray as its celebrity endorser, mainly of its coffee, since she had denied being able to make coffee herself. As part of a promotional campaign, Ray describes the company's coffee as "fantabulous."
In May 2007, Ray's recipes were made available on AT&T cellular phones via the "Rachael Ray Recipes on the Run" feature.
In July 2008, Rachael Ray's "Nutrish" pet food was introduced. The dog foods are created from recipes Ray developed for her pit bull, "Isaboo". All proceeds from the sale of these products go to Rachael's Rescue, a charity which Ray organized specifically to provide assistance for at-risk animals.
In December 2016, PulteGroup started Rachael Ray Home Collection for their interior design division.[better source needed] The furniture it markets is all of Ray's own design.
In 2006, Ray launched the Yum-O! nonprofit organization. Its mission is to "empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. This is achieved by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids, and funding cooking education."
30 Minute Meals (1999)
Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook (2000)
Comfort Foods (2001)
Veggie Meals (2001)
30-Minute Meals 2 (2003)
Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals (2003)
Cooking Rocks!: Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids (2004)
$40 a Day: Best Eats in Town (2004)
Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals: Cooking 'Round the Clock (2004)
Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals for Kids: Cooking Rocks! (2004)
Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes (2005)
Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners (2005)
Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds (2006)
Rachael Ray's Express Lane Meals (2006)
Rachael Ray's Classic 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook (2006)
Rachael Ray: Just in Time (2007)
Yum-O! The Family Cookbook (2008)
Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book (2008)
Rachael Ray's Book of 10: More Than 300 Recipes to Cook Every Day (2009)
Rachael Ray's Look and Cook (2010)
The Book of Burger (2012)
My Year in Meals (2012)
Week in a Day (2013)
Guy Food: Rachael Ray's Top 30 30-Minute Meals (2014)
Kid Food: Rachael Ray's Top 30 30-Minute Meals (2014)
Comfort Food: Rachael Ray's Top 30 30-Minute Meals (2014)
Everyone is Italian on Sunday (2015)
Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook (2019)