I was amazed when Rachel Ray said on Oprah that she never attended cooking school. I wonder how she ended up on Food Network. If you try to make food based of these recipes in 30 minutes you need all known and unknown gods to help you.
I think she said she was working in a grocery store and asked people why they were paying all this extra money for the pre-prepped, ready to pop in the oven items, instead of buying the ingredients. She started a cooking class at the store and it just grew from there. Someone liked her bubbly personality and hired her to do various shows on Food Network. Many of her meals can be done in 30 minutes or less. It helps to have things like a food processor for slicing, shredding, etc. and someone to pre-prep everything for you!
actually, if you watch the show, although she does have everything she needs, not everything is preped for her. All the shows I have seen, she cuts everything up and pours out all the spiced herself. Rarely are there ever the little bowls with all the spices already measured out on her show.
Traditional school is not the only way to learn things. Some of the smartest people I know learned through life experience. Rachael Ray is on tv because she appears to be good hearted and has a lively personality. She also makes good food if you ask me. But what do I know I didn't go to cooking school either!
I agree ... as a mother of two who works full time, my husband and I struggle every night to figure out what to make for dinner. I just purchased my first Rachel Ray cookbook and I am hoping it will help us to prepare simple, healthy meals each night for our family. I watch Rachel's show as often as possible, and I am hoping the ease she shows while cooking these meals will flow into our kitchen each night. Cooking school or not ... Rachel is okay in my book.
I watch her shows off and on, and I picked up that she used to cater, with her Mother I believe. So growing up cooking, cooking for crowds, as well as her 30 minute cooking lessons given at the grocery store she used to work at must of given her enough recognition to be 'discovered'.
she has a phoney personality and she's the one who pitched her shows to the network
her "meals" take 45 mintues to make so not 30 mintues
like i said before racheal was discovered on the today show cooking segment in '98 not at a grocery store.
and the thing about racheal's "cooking" show is that she has someone to prepare all the needed things to cook with before the show is even starts and that's very unrealistic cause the average person at home has to cut and chop everything themselves and throw it in.
racheal however likes to used can foods(unhealthy) and high salty chicken brooth(unhealthy) and puts extra virgin olive oil in EVERYTHING and puts in alot of butter in everything she makes
she claims she makes "healthy" food that is totally a lie her foods are far from that infact her meals could give you a heart attack at 40.
I hardly know where to start. I could begin with commenting on someone who gives advice on cooking and never attended any sort of cooking school. Or perhaps I could go by wondering how someone who smokes as much as she does tell me what tastes good. Or how I have to turn the volume on the television down whenever she is on because she is so loud. But I think I could just say how can I trust someone who gives out a recepie for "Hamburger Salad" Basically garden greens from a bag, and a couple fried hamburger patties placed on top of the greens, with cheese on it. Oh my...Quick, easy and "Healthy" meals. I don't think so.
I think that Food Network hit the nail right on the head. You take a person who isn't culinary-school trained and put them on TV because they're good and practical... this is appealing to americans who think that they can't do it! if she can cook, so can all of us. Kudos to her; I didn't know she wasn't a chef.