Rachael Ray
Birth Date:
Glens Falls, New York, USA
Birth Place:
August 25, 1968
5' 3" (1.60 m)
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Rachael Ray


“You do it with your own two hands, so there's a sense of pride. You really do forget all our problems, because you're focusing on the food.” Rachael Ray (on cooking)

Rachael Ray is an American celebrity chef, television personality and author. She is best known as the host of the Daytime Emmy Award winning syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program “Rachael Ray” (2006-?) and for hosting the Food Network series “30 Minute Meals” (2002-2012), “$40 a Day” (2002-2005) and “Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels” (2005-2011). She has written a number of cookbooks since 1999. She has a magazine called “Every Day with Rachael Ray,” which she launched in 2006. Ray was ranked No. 71 on the FHM magazine list of “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006.” In 2011, she won the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Chef.

Ray founded a nonprofit organization in 2006 called “Yum-O! The mission of Yum-O!”, aimed to empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.  

Ray is married to John Cusimano, an American lawyer and lead singer of the rock band The Cringe. She currently lives in a mall, rustic, lakeside cabin in the town of Lake Luzerne in the Adirondacks with her husband and her mother. She has a a pit bull named Isaboo, named after her dog Boo who passed away, and goldfish named Jaws and Orca.


Childhood and Family:

Rachael Ray was born Rachael Domenica Ray on August 25, 1968 , in Glens Falls, New York, to parents Elsa Scuderi, a Sicilian American, and James Ray, who is of French, Scottish and Welsh extraction. She has an older sister named Maria and a younger brother named Emmanuel (Manny). She moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where her family owned four restaurants. Her family relocated to Lake George, New York when she was eight. Her mother managed restaurants in upstate New York.

On September 24, 2005, Rachael was married to John M. Cusimano in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy. She has homes in Lake Luzerne, New York, and Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

30 Minute Meals


After college, Rachael Ray moved to New York City, and got her first job at the Candy counter at Macy's. She was promoted to manage the fresh foods department, but later left Macy's to become a chef and buyer at a gourmet store. While working in a shop in Albany, she taught a course at the store and showed how to make meals in less than 30 minutes. Her classes eventually caught the attention of a local television station, WRGB, a CBS TV affiliate, and she was invited to appear in a weekly segment on their newscasts. The show, combined with a public radio appearance and the release of her first book, “30 Minute Meals” (1999), led to an appearance in NBC's “Today,” where she made soup with Al Roker, and a contract with Food Network in 2001.

Ray's first show on Food Network, “30 Minute Meals,” debuted on November 17, 2001. The show went on to achieve success, and in 2006, it won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Service Show. Ray also was nominated for the Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Service Show Host in 2006 and for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host in 2009. The series has also led to a group of cookbooks such as “30 Minute Meals: Veggie Meals” (2001), “30 Minute Meals 2” (2003), “30 Minute Meals: Get Togethers” (2003), “30 Minute Meals: Cooking Around the Clock” (2004), “Cooking Rocks!: Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids” (2004) and “Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners” (2005). She also has released many other cookbooks, including “Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook” (2000), “$40 a Day: Best Eats in Town” (2004), “Rachael Ray's Express Lane Meals” (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) and “My Year in Meals” (2012).

In 2005, Ray inked a contract with Oprah Winfrey and King World Productions to host a syndicated daytime television talk show. Premiered on the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006, “Rachael Ray” emerged as one of the highest viewed daytime shows during its first season, with about 2.6 million views daily. It has been reported that the show was renewed for another two years in October 2013, bringing the series through the 2015–16 season and its tenth season. Ray was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2007 and in 2008, “Rachael Ray” won its first Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Talk Show, the same category won by the show at the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards. Ray went on to receive Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Host in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Ray was the host of Food Network's shows “$40 a Day” from 2002 to 2005 and “Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels” from 2005 to 2011. In 2008, she served as an executive producer on the short lived television Latin cooking show  on Food Network called “Viva Daisy!,” starring Daisy Martínez. In 2010, Ray's new show, her first new cooking show in eight years, “Week In a Day,” debuted on the Cooking Channel on September 25. Along with Guy Fieri, Ray became team captains in the reality series “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off,” which premiered on Food Network on January 1, 2012. Ray has also appeared on many TV shows, such as “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Nightline,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “Larry King Live,” “Cake Boss,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “The Dr. Oz Show.”     


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Nine is a good number for Rachael Ray
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Quotes Of The Day: Chef Rachael Ray On Starting Small
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