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Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

The best Rachael Ray quotes reveal how cooking has permeated the celebrity chef’s family and life; she was born to cook.

She grew up in upstate New York, where her family owned several restaurants. On “The Late Show with David Letterman” in September 2007, she said, “My mom brought us to work with her in the restaurant so we all learned how to cook.”

However, as a small child in the kitchen Ray didn’t always fare so well. “My first memory in life is grilling my thumb to a restaurant griddle,” she laughed.

From Home Cook to Celebrity Chef

While working at a gourmet grocery store, Rachael hosted 30-minute cooking classes and got some local TV airtime in the process. In 1998 her first book was published: “30-Minute Meals.”

In 2001, The Food Network approached the young chef about doing a show. Ray thought it was way over her head and told them at the time, “You’re champagne, I’m beer out of the bottle.”

But viewers loved her three shows: “30-Minute Meals,” “$40 a Day” and “Tasty Travels.”

In 2005, the native New Yorker launched her own magazine – Everyday with Rachael Ray – and daytime talk show. She told People magazine that her goal for the show was: “We want guests to sit at the kitchen table, shoot some hoops and hang out. You’re not going to find any hard-hitting, who-are-you-sleeping-with questions.”

The show has since garnered two Emmys. After the second win, Rachael told Access Hollywood, “It feels fantastic, it just feels great.”

“Everybody works such long, long days, it’s nice to see the whole team get such a nice pat on the back.”

Charity Work

Rachael has put her love for food and love for kids together to create an organization called Yum-O! She explained to Letterman, “We have a charity that feeds hungry kids and teaches kids about good nutrition.” Proceeds of her recent book, Yum-O! The Family Cookbook went to the organization.

Regarding the books she’s penned, Ray told Newsday in May 2008, “What I write is always based on what people are asking me to write.”

Facing Criticism

Some people say you know you’ve made it big when you have fan sites devoted to you. Rachael has not only fan sites, but hate sites dedicated to her as well. In her E! “True Hollywood Story,” Ray admits she’s aware of the criticism. “I was raised by someone who says, ‘(You should) like people until you have a reason not to.’ There’s still going to be a ‘Rachael Ray Sucks’ Web site tomorrow. I could call the lady who runs it and say, ‘Hey, I’m really a pretty nice person,’ and she’d still think what she thinks. You can’t be all things to all people, so why try?”

Love Life

While attending a party in 2001, Rachael met entertainment lawyer John Cusimano. “I saw John from across the room immediately, because we’re both short and couldn’t take my eyes off him,” she told People in 2006. “I was speechless and I’m never speechless.”

The couple wed in 2005 and doesn’t plan on having kids anytime soon. “I don’t have time,” she told People in 2007. “I work too much to be an appropriate parent. I feel like a bad mom to my dog some days because I’m just not here enough.”

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