Biography of Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray


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Early Life

Rachael Ray was born on August 25, 1968, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to parents Elsa Scuderi and James Ray. With two siblings, Ray grew up in restaurants from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to upstate New York. Ray is also a former student of Lake George High School, where she was a cheerleader. While living and working in New York, at a speciality grocery store in Manhattan, in 1997, Ray was mugged in her Queens apartment. The perpetrator, whom she sprayed with mace on his first attack, returned to her apartment the following weekend, dragged Ray to the alley way and assaulted her with his gun. After this series of events, Ray made the decision to move back upstate within a week, as New York, she said, wasn’t for her.

Career and Achievements

In 1998, while working at a gourmet store, Ray noticed that the prepared food sold well, while basic groceries didn’t. After this observation, she came up with the idea for local chefs to teach 30-minute cooking classes to boost sales, but none of them got on board. So, Ray decided to teach the classes herself, and following this, a local TV station put her on-air. Her appearance on television, and her successful fast food recipes lead to a bestselling book and a guest spot cooking on the Today Show, in 2001.


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