Rachael Ray

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According to Rachael Ray, she grew surrounded by 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 Ray, who insists that cooking is a way of life into which she was born. She 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_Ray @RachaelRayShow

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