According to Rachael Ray, she grew up in food. "My first vivid memory is watching my mom in a restaurant kitchen. She was flipping something with a spatula. I tried to copy her and ended up grilling my right thumb! I was three or four," says Rachael, who insists that cooking is a way of life she was simply born into. "Everyone on both sides of my family cooks."
Rachael 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, Every Day with Rachael Ray, 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 and into all aspects of the show.
Rachael's television work grew to include a series of lifestyle and travel segments, as well as a long-term relationship with the Food Network, hosting shows such as 30-Minute Meals, which earned Rachael a 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Service Show" and a nomination for "Outstanding Service Show Host." In 2011, Rachael launched a new competition show with fellow Food Network colleague Guy Fieri called Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and a kid version of the popular show called Rachael Vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.
In addition to her television endeavors, Rachael has turned her 30-Minute Meals concept into a bestselling series of cookbooks, including Rachael Ray's Look + Cook, Rachael Ray's Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Week In A Day.
She has partnered with Dad's Pet Care to develop a line of super premium dog food and treats called Rachael Ray Nutrish and in 2014, Nutrish launched both wet and dry food for cats. To date, Rachael has donated more than $9.0 million of her proceeds to animals in need.
In the spring of 2007, Rachael Ray launched a nonprofit organization, Yum-o!, empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. Because of her efforts with Yum-o!, Rachael received the honor of being appointed to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition by President Barack Obama in 2014.