Don’t just talk – Taste, Touch, Do! Anyone with a huge appetite for fun is invited to take a bigger bite out of life this year with a helping of the hottest daytime show on television, RACHAEL RAY. The daily, one-hour, syndicated show is among the top-ranked daytime programs on television and was the No. 1 syndicated strip launched in the 2006-07 season. RACHAEL RAY won the Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment Emmy® in 2009 and 2008, has a total of 30 nominations over the course of the series, and four wins.
About to launch the 11th season of her namesake series, Rachael Ray continues to bring her warmth and no-fuss approach to life into the homes of millions with her signature quick meals, improvised entertaining, celebrity surprises, provocative topical discussions, cutting-edge musical performances and groundbreaking features. 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 into all aspects of the show.
The door is always open at RACHAEL RAY, and this season Rachael welcomes Hollywood’s hottest to join the fun and grab some grub. Rachael’s star-studded lineup leaves you wanting more, but don’t expect the typical celebrity interview. Whether it’s throwing darts with guests for a round of “Pop the Question,” flipping burgers in the kitchen, or letting cameras behind closed doors for signature taped pieces, RACHAEL RAY shows a side of celebrity that can’t be found anywhere else. The show also includes musical performances from chart-topping musicians and surprise appearances from the biggest “Celebrity Mystery Tasters” yet.
Viewers become stars in their own right as “real people” are regularly incorporated into the show. Following the theme of squeezing a little more out of life, viewers clue Rachael in on the latest trends in parenting, quick fix beauty tips and clever double-duty household solutions.
Each show, Rachael hits the kitchen to create meals to suit every taste and budget. She heats things up with all new 30-minute meals, super-fast 15-minute meals, no-fuss entertaining ideas, date-night dishes, kid-friendly fixes, figure-friendly meals and cook-ahead menus. Plus, viewers get a dose of her groovy dips, crowd-pleasing starters, game day party food and potluck pleasers. Rachael’s easy-to-follow recipes and clever kitchen tricks turn the inexperienced novice into confident cooks.
Rachael also uses cooking and her love for food as a way to give back to her neighbors. Rachael’s Yum-o! organization is a charity she launched during the show’s first season that aims at improving the way America eats. To raise awareness for the cause, Rachael provides her ideas for implementing healthy food options into the diets of kids. Throughout the season, Rachael lays out her plan—from balanced menu ideas to simple lifestyle changes—that will get families on track to a healthier lifestyle. Rachael’s first charity fundraiser to benefit the Yum-o! organization raised more than $200,000 and drew such celebrity guests as President Bill Clinton, Carly Simon, Larry King, Joy Behar, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali.
Rachael’s engaging personality and what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude sets the tone for a relaxed environment that makes all her viewers feel right at home. RACHAEL RAY continues to be a destination for people who want to learn a little, live even more and laugh a lot.
In addition to winning the Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment Emmy® in 2008 and 2009, RACHAEL RAY was nominated for three Daytime Emmys® in its fourth season, two in its fifth and three in its sixth, five in its eighth, and one in its ninth. In its tenth season, the show received two nominations, and won the Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing category. Rachael herself was nominated in the Outstanding Talk Show Host category during the seventh and eighth seasons. The syndicated daytime talker has been praised by critics across the country. Rachael’s recognitions include: Forbes No. 69 of “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” in 2013, Forbes No.78 of “100 Most Powerful Women” in 2010, People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Chef” in 2010, Forbes “10 Most Influential Women Chefs” in 2010, 2009 American Women in Radio and Television Tribute Award, Forbes 2008 No. 1 “Top-Earning Celebrity Chef,” TelevisionWeek’s fifth “Most Bankable Star in Syndication” in 2008 ahead of Ellen DeGeneres, as well as TelevisionWeek’s 2007 “Syndication Person of the Year.” Rachael has received honorable recognition across a number of industries in such prestigious publications as Adweek’s “Magazine of the Decade” for Every Day With Rachael Ray and Brandweek for “Marketer of the Year.” Her magazine was also awarded “Launch of the Year” by Advertising Age.
In addition to securing herself as a syndication success, Rachael Ray is known to millions as the host of the popular Food Network show “30-Minute Meals.” Coming up on Food Network, Rachael will host new seasons of “Worst Cooks in America” and “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.” She has also teamed up with celebrity chef Guy Fieri to host and coach a celebrity-infused cooking competition called, “Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off.” She initially became a regular on the network as host of a series of lifestyle/travel shows, which included “Tasty Travels,” “$40-A-Day” and “Inside Dish.” Rachael has turned her “30-Minute Meals” concept into a bestselling series of 17 cookbooks. Taking the can-do spirit of her television shows and books, Rachael launched a lifestyle magazine in 2005 bearing her vision called Every Day With Rachael Ray, now known as Rachael Ray Every Day. “My life has been a total accident – a very happy, wonderful accident that I didn't and couldn't have planned,” says Rachael.
RACHAEL RAY, the 2008 and 2009 Emmy® Award-winning Outstanding Talk Show, is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Janet Annino is the Executive Producer. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.
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