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Racheal Ray

Early Life and Education:

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Rachael Domenica Ray was born on August 25, 1968, in Glen Falls, New York. She was born to James Claude Ray and she is of French, Scottish and Welsh descent on her father's side. Ray's mother is Elsa Providenza Scuderi, a Sicilian American. When Ray was 8 years old, the family moved to Lake George, New York, in 1995. Her mother managed restaurants in New York's capital district which included the Lake George Howard Johnson's restaurant located near the former Gaslight Village amusement park. When Ray arrived in New York City in 1995, she began working at a candy counter. She then managed a pub and even taught courses for people who didn’t know how to cook. This led to a radio show which eventually paved the way to her own TV show.

Career:

Rachael Ray's career in television took off when she hosted the show 30 Minute Meals on Food Network for 11 seasons from 2001 to 2012. In 2005, she signed a deal to host a syndicated daytime TV talk show. The show was titled Rachael Ray and premiered on September 18, 2006. Recurrent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show were used to help fuel the show's launch similar to how Dr. Phil's show got its start based on his own frequent visits to Oprah. Her show taped its episodes in New York City. During the syndication announcement, Ray said, "People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share."

Throughout her career, Rachael Ray has endorsed a lot of products. She can be seen in the commercials and on the packing wrappers of Nabisco Crackers. Her designs even appear on sheets, blankets, and coverlets which are marketed by WestPoint Home. Though she admits openly that she isn’t good at making coffee or anything that requires measured ingredients, the company Dunkin’ Donuts hired Rachael as a celebrity endorser. Online bloggers complained that Dunkin Donuts was a front for Islamic terrorists. The white and black scarf that Rachael was seen wearing in the ad was also considered to be a symbol of the Islamic terrorists. Though both Rachael Ray and the company denied the connection between the company and the terrorist group, the mounting pressures from online backlash made Dunkin Donuts pull the commercial.

In 2006, Ray launched the "Yum-O!" nonprofit organization. Its mission is to "empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. This is achieved by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids, and funding cooking education." In November of 2006, Ray became a spokeswoman for Nabisco crackers. She appears in commercials and on boxes for the many Nabisco products.

At the start of 2007, WestPoint Home launched sheets, blankets, and coverlets designed by Ray. Within six months, WestPoint expanded Ray's bed and bath line to include the Moppine, a two-in-one dish towel/oven mitt, since Ray is often seen with a kitchen towel over her shoulder that doubles for her as a kitchen mitt.


Quick Facts
Birth Date: 25 Aug, 1968
Age: 51 yrs
Occupations: Restaurateur
Television presenter
Writer
Entrepreneur
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Glens Falls
Gender: Female
Description: American television host, businesswoman, celebrity cook, and author
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Last Modified: Jun 26 2020
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