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Rachael Ray

Television Host & Philanthropist

According to Rachael Ray, she grew up in food and has parlayed that birthright into a wildly successful career as a syndicated television star, an iconic Food Network television personality, bestselling cookbook author, Founder and Editorial Director of her own lifestyle magazine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and Founder of the Yum-o! organization.

Rachael’s hugely successful daytime program, Rachael Ray, launched in the fall of 2006. Showcasing Rachael’s warmth, energy and boundless curiosity, the show invites viewers to experience life the Rachael Ray way. Credited with getting America back in the kitchen with her easy approach to cooking, Rachael takes the same philosophy — finding simple solutions to everyday problems — beyond the kitchen an into all aspects of the show.

Rachael's television work grew to include a series of lifestyle and travel formats, as well as a long-term relationship with the Food Network, hosting shows such as Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, Worst Cooks i America, Week In A Day and 30-Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host.”

In addition to her television endeavors, Rachael has turned her 30-Minute Meals concept into a bestselling series of cookbooks, including, Rachael Ray’s Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Everyone is Italian on Sunday.

She has developed a line of super premium dog and cat food and treats called Rachael Ray Nutrish® along with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. Through The Rachael Ray FoundationTM which was created for all of the forgotten animals — the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve, Rachael has donated more than $32 million of proceeds from the sale of Nutrish to animals in need.

She has created a nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking and received the honor of being appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by President Barack Obama in 2014.

In 2016, Rachael partnered with Legacy Classic and Craftmaster Furniture to channel her passion and aesthetic vision for design and interiors into the home furnishings category with the introduction of the Rachael Ray Home Collection.

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Events featuring Rachael Ray
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