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Rachael Ray: Love Her or Leave Her?

Earlier this week celebrity "cook" Rachael Ray appeared on ABC's Nightline. She spoke about how her $18 million empire makes her queasy, how she's not embarrassed to promote Dunkin Donuts, her love of Anthony Bourdain, and her pictures in FHM. With the recession, Ray — who's known for her fun affordable meals — is extremely accessible.

After the show aired, everyone from Epicurious to The New York Times wondered if the food world is finally starting to accept, and possibly adore, Ray for who she is. The Feedbag's Josh Ozersky even declared that "Rachael Ray is now officially cool."

I've been a fan of Ray's since day one and continue to enjoy 30 Minute Meals and her magazine on a regular basis. With so much industry talk about her lately, I want to know: How do you feel about her, readers?


vrosapastel89 vrosapastel89 8 years
love her show my mommy n I watch it all the time =)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think she's okay.
hmm,, well I LOVE HER!! SHe has a wonderful bubbly personality that few people in this world have!!
audrina audrina 8 years
I like her alot. I watch her show as much as I can. The cooking part is the best. I know how to cook, but love her ideas and how to throw a good healthy wholesome meal in less then 30 minutes. It gives me alot of good ideas. I like her personality and love to watch her cook. But what I don't like is her voice. It drives me crazy. ANd she is rather loud.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
I loathe her.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
I've never watched enough to form an opinion, but my basic instinct is to change the channel when she is on.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I like her alot. I have been to two of her book signings and she is very nice and funny in person. Anyone who works as hard as she does deserves all the success in the world.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it's weird that so many people hate her yet she's super famous she's doing something right!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to really like her when she first started hosting shows on the Food Network, but over the years i feel like she's always doing the same thing and that she's kind of gotten a bit of an ego now that she has her show, a magazine and a million other things in the works.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Some people are complaining that she isn't even a chef. Um, she has never claimed to be and said very often that she's a cook, not a chef. I like her, yeah she can be overly cutesy sometimes, but her recipes are very easy to make, easy to make variations on and very easy not to mess up. Plus she sues common ingredients and doesn't take forever to make nice dishes. I'm not madly in love, but I like her. Plus all of the money from her pet food line goes to animal charities. All of it.
pink-pirate pink-pirate 8 years
My aunt had one of the best complaints about her: "She doesn't use measuring cups and half the time she doesn't say what temperature the oven is meant to be on." Her food is stuff anyone who has to cook for a family can whip up (sloppy joe pizza? Sausage pasta? Come on) and she is sloppy in her creation and presentation just to stick to the 30-minute gimmick. And seriously...people think she's hot? The FHM shots should have won a Photoshop award.
honest1 honest1 8 years
Definitely leave her! It's amazing how such an amateur -well she's not even a chef, I don't know what she is- can make the most money in the culinary industry. She lacks the talent and professional training to even make me consider her at all praiseworthy in what she calls cooking. Most of the time she just blabbers on and on about nothing while she operates her show and god, I just cannot stand the incessant random bouts of noises she makes while the show goes on. And seriously, I've noticed that she brings children onto her show but then she goes and poses for FHM (basically a toned down porno mag) and expects the respect she feels she deserves. I am absolutely furious how she leads the food industry with such a naive attitude and makes the most money doing so. God, get the hell out and let the professionals do the work.
j0j0y j0j0y 8 years
From what I heard, she has a terrible temper off-camera. My friend was roommates with a guy that interned as a PA on set for her 30-minute meals show... she asked him to drop everything and get her coffee and when he brought it back for her she threw the whole cup at him because apparently the order was wrong. His skin was even burned a bit :/ But the next day she did give him a sort-of apology... blamed it on her "Sicilian temper." The industry is tough! If he would've formally complained she could have ruined his career before it even started.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
LOVE her! I like her ideas, her food is tasty, and I think she's a decent person. What's not to love?
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
merie33 merie33 8 years
She drives me absolutely beserk. I think she's obnoxiously all over every media endorsement out there. I mean how many tv shows can one person have? And I don't think her recipes are that exciting or original at all. They all seem like something anyone could come up with. I just don't understand the Rachael Ray craze that so many people seem to have.
caty1221 caty1221 8 years
i find her extremely annoying and cheesy as well. i have a hard time taking her seriously with all those lame sayings she has.
FrankieZ FrankieZ 8 years
I have always admired her honesty that she is NOT a chef, but only a cook who has made a career out of preparing good, healthy, nutritous meals quickly. And although it appears alot of your commentators can't accept her for that, there are $ 18 million of us who do.
janetwrogers janetwrogers 8 years
I find her hard to watch. Her vocabulary choices and cutesy catchphrases drive me up the wall, and anywhere on the web that I find someone posting or reviewing a recipe and using one of those Rachel Ray-isms, I can't get away from that page fast enough. They may be the best recipes in the world, but she is so marked by those weird, endlessly repeated, cutesy-pie quirks that I will never know if her recipes are "yumm-o!" or not.
queenvalerie queenvalerie 8 years
As long as I can read her cookbooks and not have to listen to her talk, she's not so bad.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Like someone else said, I like her recipes, but I can't watch the show because her voice is so grating.
glofriend glofriend 8 years
I don't actually love her, but I don't hate her, either. I find many of her meals are "mish-mashes" that don't appeal to me. On the other hand, my niece's husband loves her and has all of her cookbooks. He graduated from culinary school and finds her anti-elitism refreshing. So, it's just a matter of taste and style, I guess.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Have to love her...she is living the American dream...and she let's u know she knows she is not a chef.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
I would think that her most annoying catch phrase would be "yum-o" :) I still like her though!
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