Recap of Early Show Appearance

CBS' The Early Show was kind enough to provide a recap of Rachael Ray's appearance on the show this morning. In addition to the recap, there is also 4-minute video of Rachael's entire appearance (on the right hand side). For me, the highlight was seeing the clip of her segments on her local news station that started it all.

She also directly addresses websites that hate her and looks very classy doing so. Julie Chen asked her how she became so amazing:

"I don't think I'm amazing at all," she told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "I think I'm actually the opposite of that. I'm extremely average. And that's why people enjoy watching, 'cause they can totally see that they're like, 'Well, if she could do it, heck, I could certainly do that.' "

On her live studio audience:
"I feel so lucky to be working with a live studio audience every day 'cause you get to see people and hug 'em and shake their hands," she said. "And it is so nice to look out and see grandmoms and grandkids and firemen and cops and college kids."

On what she finds relaxing:

"I love the feeling of, you know, being in my sweats and my sneaks and running a ton of errands," she said. "I love that."

On how she became such a hard worker:
"She [her mom] worked 100 hours a week all of her life and my grandfather would work, you know, a 12-hour day and come home and tend gardens in the middle of the night to feed the kids," Ray said. "So, hard work feels good. And, you know, I like it and it's the way I was raised."

On how the 30 Minute Meal concept began when she began teaching a class called 30 Minute Meals:
"We wanted the local chef to come in and teach it," she said. "They wanted too much money. My boss said, 'Eh, you teach it. Your food's great.' I said, 'I'm not a chef.' 'Eh, who cares?' And I mean, that class, '30 Minute Meals,' became all this other stuff."

And on getting her big break on the Food Network:
"I'm not a chef," Ray said. "I have no right to be running the production kitchen, let alone teaching a cooking class, let alone have a cook book or — or TV show about cooking. I mean, so it really was an accident, a happy accident that turned into all these other things. They snowballed."

And on her critics:
"There's literally whole Web sites devoted to 'Rachael Ray sucks,' " she said. "And I mean, a lot of people really get ticked off with somebody who's not skilled, or holds a degree in this stuff, to be on, on a channel like Food Network. 'What is she doing there?' You know, and you definitely do get that."

"Be yourself, be true to yourself, don't try and be all things to all people," she said. "Why would you wanna be?"

I used to think that she should just ignore the critics, but I really like her current approach. She is basically saying to them - I don't care if you like me or not. I am who I am and I'm not changing because you'd like me to. What a great attitude to have - and it probably annoys her critics more than any snide remark would.


  1. Average is GOOD! I don't feel particularly pressured by her recipes, they are easy to follow and she has given me so many lessons on how to do certain things. I appreciate it.

  2. Exactly Jennifer - if I want a gourmet meal, I go to a fancy schmancy restaurant. Who eats that way every night? Sometimes I just want dinner!


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