In an interview with The Hungry Beast, Rachael Ray explains the difference between her and Martha Stewart: "She likes to set a very beautiful and very exquisite and very high standard and that's really important. And for me, I want people to know they can achieve it. So I literally set the bar lower as part of our brand. I think that both work and both are very necessary." The two have had an awkward relationship that included a 2009 blow from Martha about Rachael's cookbooks not being "good enough." Regardless, Rachael's managed to keep things diplomatic.
Jennifer Aniston's film Just Go With It was the big winner at the weekend box office, but that hasn't slowed down her press obligations. The newly turned 42-year-old actress appeared on The Rachael Ray Show recently to chat with the host about a variety of topics during an interview that airs tomorrow. The ladies chatted about Jen's milestone birthday, which she celebrated with famous pals like Jake Gyllenhaal and Adam Sandler, as well as what she'd do if she wasn't an actress. Jennifer said:
- Jen on her age: "All of a sudden you're labeled, you're a number. . . It wasn't like 30-plus or 30 something. It's just that all of sudden, it's like, 'Wow for your age, not so bad.' It's like what?"
- What she would do if she wasn't an actress: "You know what, I would be a party planner! Why do I want to be a doctor? That's so depressing, leave that to the professionals. I haven't even played one of those on TV! I would want to be a party planner. I love planning a party, I love mixing people together. I love getting the food ready, it's just fun. And people always have a good time."
Apparently, Top Chef season two winner Ilan Hall has a new dream. The owner of Los Angeles restaurant The Gorbals wants to be on Dancing With the Stars. He hopes to be on the dance competition, which takes C-list and reality stars and turns them into ballroom dancers, so much that he's started a Facebook campaign.
Although ABC has not announced the cast for the 12th season of the show, which is set to debut on Monday, March 21, one can't help but wonder if a celebrity chef will participate.
Previous competitors have included Rocco DiSpirito and Iron Chef America's chairman, Mark Dacascos. While Rachael Ray recently bared all in a Dancing With the Stars costume, I would love to see someone like Eric Ripert or Padma Lakshmi compete in the show. How about you? Which chefs would make good entertainment on Dancing With the Stars?
Rachael Ray is known for her burgers, so it comes as no surprise that the television personality, in partnership with her magazine Every Day With Rachael Ray, is looking for the best undiscovered burger chef. Over the past few weeks, magazine readers have submitted nominations for their favorite burgers offered by independent restaurants across the country.
The staff of Every Day has selected three finalists — Paul Malvone, Tommy Up, and Mauricio Oliveros — to prepare their burgers on the Rachael Ray show later this week. Only one will be chosen to bring his burger to Rachael Ray's Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February.
Of the competition, Editor in Chief Liz Vaccariello said, "The magazine wanted to show that lesser known cooks can hold their own at the biggest and most respected burger competition in the country." I think the opportunity is a fun one, and I look forward to tasting the winner's creation at the fifth annual Burger Bash on Feb. 24. Who makes your favorite burger?
I'm happy to see Rachael win, although it seems like the food community's a bit up in arms over this one; some are complaining that she doesn't qualify as a "chef," while others believe Jamie Oliver, with all his antiobesity efforts, should have walked away with the prize. Where do you stand?
I'm hosting Christmas dinner for the first time this year, and I want to serve a meal that is traditional but uncomplicated to make. To start, I'll offer my signature appetizer: shrimp. This time I'm salt-roasting them and pairing them with a lemon-pesto.
For the main course, I'm skipping the honey-baked ham and roasting a whole beef tenderloin. It's served alongside a roasted red pepper and black olive sauce. On the side? Fresh citrus and cranberry salad and a giant casserole dish of classic macaroni and cheese. Interested in these recipes? Keep reading!
From cookbooks to television shows, the nation's most popular female chefs had a busy 2010. As part of our end of the year coverage, we want to know who was your favorite female cooking queen. Share your thoughts below!
When it comes to record-setting celebrity chefs, Rachael Ray is the woman to beat. She's been the world's richest culinary personality, has the first daytime TV show to incorporate 3-D, and tomorrow she'll be heading up the world's largest cooking demonstration.
Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. EST, in front of a studio audience of 90, Ray will be teaching a new recipe for honey mustard chicken. Her demo will be beamed via satellite live to a jumbo screen in the Los Angeles Hollywood & Highland Center, where approximately 200 fans will be watching and cooking along in real-time. If that isn't enough, the lesson will also be streamed live over Facebook to fans all across the world.
I suppose now that Rachael Ray has just about everything (Daytime show? Check. Cookbooks? Check. Emmy? Check . . .) she's moved on to setting world records. What do you think of this new concept? Will you log in to Facebook to check it out live?
After the turkey, nothing says Thanksgiving quite like stuffing. The delicious combination of moist bread and seasoned vegetables is unlike any other dish around. The fact that most people only enjoy it once a year makes it even more addictive.
Although some hate on Rachael Ray for giving her dishes wacky names, I've always been a fan of her "stuffing muffins." The individual sized portions of stuffing have a crispy exterior and succulent inside. Unlike some stuffings, this one doesn't include any meat; instead it pairs apples with onions to create a flavorful base.
Cook them in the muffin tins, or for a fun alternative, do what I did and bake them in mini muffin tins. The resulting stuffing bite pops in your mouth and is great served as an appetizer. Learn Ray's method after the break.
Rachael Ray, Twitter geek? In an up-close personality profile with the Associated Press, the media mogul said she's made a resolution to be more social media savvy: "I am going to try to teach myself to be a child of this new age. I am going to get good at it. There must be a term for a good tweeter. I don't know, but I'm going to try to make that sucker chirp."
While Ray hasn't yet begun personally interacting with her 10,000 followers on Twitter, other star chefs are very accessible on the social networking device. Tyler Florence, for instance, regularly sends updates to his more than 218,000 followers.