Biography project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
Born on August 25, 1968, Ray's always had a cheerful attitude towards life. Her cooking was influenced by three of the most important people in her life, her grandfather Emmanuel, her father James, and her mother Elsa. Her childhood was filled with happiness, family, and cooking, even though her family didn't have a lot of extra money.
Her career started when she got a job at a Macy's candy counter because it showed her that she wanted to major her career in cooking. Soon after she got a job at Agata & Valentina, she was mugged twice in New York. She moved away from her apartment to a cabin upstate with her mom and still lives there today.
Ray is famous for many things, for example her catch phrases. Some are, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), stoup (thinner than a stew, thicker than a soup), screaming hot (extremely hot), etc. Unlike many other cooks, Ray didn't go to a culinary school and was home trained. This aspect makes her very appealing to her fans because a lot of people are intimidated by the expensive ingredients and timely dishes, which makes them not want to try the recipes. Ray, along with several other cooking shows, hosts a show called 30 Minute meals. This appeals to many people because with men and women working full-time, dinner takes a long time to prepare after a hard day of work. But anyone would be interested in a meal that tastes good and will feed their entire family in 30 minutes.
Despite the fact that Ray didn't learn to cook professionally, she still was offered a job with the Food Network. Her cooking doesn't compare to a professionally trained cooks, but in the way that she can cook meals fast, delicious, and use almost all prepackaged ingredients, she makes cooking a breeze.
Rachael even passes on her uniqueness into her cookbooks. She feels that since her recipes are on tv, you shouldn't have to pay more than you would for a new cd for a paper copy of her recipes.
Rays bubbly personality remains even when there's a problem, she's not afraid to accept the fact that she made a mistake. During one of the first tapings of her show, she cut off the tip of her finger, which had to be crazy glued back on!
Rachael Ray was featured in the 2006 edition of Time Magazines "100 people who shape our world".
By the end of 2005, Ray's television shows on the Food Network were on 13 hours a week.
Ray has solid millions of copies of her many cookbooks, including "Yum-O!"
Due to a major snow storm the guest being featured on the Today Show couldn't make it, so after she got the call she rushed to fill the role. This experience helped Ray's Career tremendously.
Ray's words of advice
"I look at dresses and jeans like any other girl and wish I could fit into them and promised myself I'll go to the gym. But I couldn't get so wrapped up in my own vanity that being a size 2 would be more important than enjoying life. And a large part of my life is great wine and great food. Those size zero girls sacrifice. If someone is a size zero they're not having much fun in my book."(102)
The theme of her life is persistence pays off.
I learned from Ray that it doesn't matter what other people think about you and your passion in life. You just got to push through the comments and peruse your dream, and maybe make some friends along the way. Basically, if you can dream it, you can do it.
Abrams, Dennis. Rachael Ray: Food Entrepreneur. New York: Chelsea House, 2009. Print.