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.
In 2008, Rachael partnered with Dad's Pet Care to develop a line of super-premium dog food and treats called Rachael Ray's Nutrish. All of Rachael's proceeds from the sale of Nutrish are donated to support Rachael's Rescue (www.rachaelsrescue.org), which is dedicated to helping at-risk animals through adoption, medical care and educational programs, along with training and outreach initiatives. In 2011, Rachael and Dad's launched several new lines on treats and food called Nutrish Just 6 and Nutrish Healthy Weight.