Meet Rachael Ray
May 28, 2013
I’m usually pretty leery of cookbooks written by celebrity chefs. After all, many of them include fancy dishes that require lots of preparation time. However, I really enjoy the cookbooks by Food Network star, Rachael Ray. Her books are filled with quick and easy recipes for delicious, everyday meals. Everyone knows Rachael Ray. Her constant smile and fun, energetic personality have made her one of the Food Networks biggest draws. In 2006 she launched her magazine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and in 2007, she started hosting her own syndicated daily talk show. She has written numerous bestselling cookbooks. But how did she get started?
Rachael had no formal culinary training. She often says she’s not a chef, she’s a cook. She grew up surrounded by a family of great cooks and was exposed to many different cooking styles. Her family owned several restaurants on Cape Cod, and she worked in the food industry in just about every position.
In 1995 she moved to New York City and eventually became a buyer at a gourmet market in Albany, NY. She noticed that many customers were reluctant to cook and were buying prepared foods instead of basic grocery items. To boost sales of these items, she started teaching classes on preparing quick and easy meals. She wrote a book, 30 Minute Meals, to go along with the class. It only sold in that local market but eventually sold over 10,000 copies! Because of the success of her classes, a local television station asked her to do a regular cooking segment on their newscasts. This led to an appearance on the Today Show with Al Roker. The very next day she got a call from the Food Network and ultimately a contract with them in 2001.
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