About the Host
Rachael was born into cooking as a way of life. "My first vivid memory is watching Mom in a restaurant kitchen," she says. "Everyone on both sides of my family cooks." She landed at Macy's Marketplace at the candy counter and then as the manager of the fresh foods department. After Macy's, Ray helped open a prestigious New York gourmet marketplace. She then moved upstate to be a food buyer and chef. As a way to increase grocery sales during the holidays, Ray began a series of cooking classes and 30 Minute Meals was born.
"My life has been a total accident — a very happy, wonderful accident that I didn't and couldn't have planned," says Rachael. Despite her growing celebrity she is determined to stay grounded and hold on to her down-to-earth values. She still spends as much time as she can at her cabin in the Adirondacks with her husband, John, her family — the "research team" — and her beloved pit bull Isaboo.
In the spring of 2007, Rachael Ray launched a nonprofit organization, Yum-o! that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. By providing the tools to create easy, affordable and delicious meals, Yum-o! is changing the way America eats. Yum-o!'s three work areas include educating kids and their families about cooking, feeding hungry American kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. For more information about the Yum-o! organization, please visit www.yum-o.org.