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American TV host and celebrity chef (1968- )

Food was always a conduit in our family for storytelling, and it was a way for us to keep in touch and remember things. We're people that use food to keep each other together and to always cheer us up and make all of our days better.

RACHEL RAY, Newsweek, Oct. 15, 2007

My mom worked in restaurants for 60 years, and what I learned from her is a lot. But if I had to boil it down, take your work very seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Work harder than everyone else and never complain about it. Don’t go to bed if you’re not proud of the product of your day; stay awake until you are.

RACHEL RAY, interview, Forbes, Dec. 3, 2013

I never do the dishes, because my husband has an affinity for it. And I'm also not allowed to touch the coffeemaker.

RACHEL RAY, Good Housekeeping interview

The fact that they hired me knowing that I'm not a chef, and let me cook in plain clothes, and serve my food, and have things look less than perfect, of course I was happy about that. It made me employed. But I think that for the home viewer, it broadened an audience for them by a lot. That sort of programming where you can be less than perfect and it's okay, especially when it comes to something as visceral as food, it's supposed to be about coming together and about sharing, and these big, big themes, I think that really opened up the floodgates for a lot of people.

RACHEL RAY, A.V. Club interview, Dec. 28, 2011

I am burger obsessed and I love playing with the idea of what a burger can be for people. I make burgers out of everything from grains to seafood to, of course, browned meats of every kind. What I love about the burger is it makes food accessible and fun for everyone.

RACHEL RAY, Celebrity Cafe interview, Mar. 27, 2012

I do sit-ups and push-ups at home, and that's about it. I have a gym card, but I never go there. It's a front. I pay for the membership every couple of years, thinking I'll be embarrassed enough to go. But every time I go, there's like people twice my age that look twice as good!

RACHEL RAY, Delish interview

I cook and I chat. That’s what I do. I love to write recipes, but basically, if you had to put it in a nutshell, I cook and I chat.

RACHEL RAY, interview, Forbes, Dec. 3, 2013

I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.

RACHEL RAY, OK Magazine, Nov. 25, 2013

If you're preparing a dinner for friends or a holiday dinner, make sure to only prepare recipes you are comfortable with and have cooked before. Cooking for others is not the time to try out a recipe for the first time. You end up spending all your time in the kitchen instead of enjoying your company.

RACHEL RAY, QVC Quisine eNewsletter

Everything about this was legit and intense, and these people, our celebs, they worked their guts out. Seriously. It was so hard to watch them and not be able to literally help them. All we could do was coach. We can't physically touch the food or teach them a technique by allowing them to watch us perform it. They have to use their own skill set. We can only use our words, really, to help them. It's frustrating. It's really hard. It's like watching a loved one play in traffic. I've said this a couple times, but it's true. And they're playing in traffic with sharp knives, and flames, and hot pots and pans, you know, and cars whizzing at them.

RACHEL RAY, A.V. Club interview, Dec. 28, 2011

I felt I'd earned the Good Housekeeping Seal when I designed an oval-shaped spaghetti pot. Because spaghetti is long.

RACHEL RAY, Good Housekeeping interview

I was always a person on my mother's hip in the kitchen. My mom really wanted her kids at her side as much as possible, and she worked in restaurants for over fifty years. And my grandfather had ten children, and he grew and prepared most of the food. My grandmother, on my mother's side, was the family seamstress and the baker. So my mom, the eldest child, was always in the kitchen with my grandpa and I was always in the production and restaurant kitchens and our own kitchen with my mom. And it’s just something that has always spoken to me.

RACHEL RAY, Celebrity Cafe interview, Mar. 27, 2012

What I’ve learned is that at the end of the day, we are all human. We all have that in common.

RACHEL RAY, interview, Forbes, Dec. 3, 2013

I think that celebrities are just people, like everybody else, and they've got the foodie bug in them too.

RACHEL RAY, A.V. Club interview, Dec. 28, 2011

I don't know that I have a favorite meal. When I'm cooking I'm thinking about the person I'm feeding and I want to make them whatever they want. My husband's favorite meal is carbonara. I guess my favorite food is anything my mom makes. Because like anybody who loves their mother's cooking, if you try and make your mom's recipes, they never taste quite the same. And I don’t know if that's because she's lying about what she's putting in there and just not telling me. Like when I turn my back, she's sneaking something in there. It just never seems to taste the same.

RACHEL RAY, Celebrity Cafe interview, Mar. 27, 2012

That's a horrible thought. I guess cheese or wine. I think I might be too depressed to eat if I had to eat only one thing for the rest of my life.

RACHEL RAY, QVC Quisine eNewsletter


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