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Jan 29, 2003 09:22 PM

Rachel Ray on FoodTV

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Am I the only one out here who cannot stand her shows? The theory of her $40/day show is great, but her incessant giggling and inability to pronounce even such simple words as "tapas" to be too mind-bogglingly grating to watch.

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  1. I also find her annoying and the premise of her shows is a little far-fetched. I think most cities you can get by on $40/day for food, even good food, and it's not about learning little tricks, it's about finding good places that only locals know. And her 30 minute meals are okay but she tends to forget that not everyone can cut an onion that quickly, or has fully trimmed chicken breasts on hand, or whatever.

    I do appreciate, however, that they try to get some regular folk on that show, instead of everything being super-haute all the time. That's why I like Food 911 and Good Eats because they are about a lot of every day stuff that some of us missed along the way. We can make amazing Gorgonzola Black Truffle Risotto but don't know how to make a simple and good mac and cheese from scratch. These shows break things down and explain WHY. Rachel is regular folk but not that interesting or useful in my opinion, but I guess her sunny disposition counts for something.

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    1. re: Kenzi

      I wish she would stop saying things like "getting a little garlic action going in there" or a little "tomato action in there" or "a little balsamic vinegar action in there".
      I can't bear to watch the 30 minute show any more, but the $40 a day is ok, just because I find the general info about the different places enjoyable.

      1. re: Betty

        maybe just my opinion. but these discussions about how people on food shows on tv talk and act don't seem to be about food, so maybe put them on the Not About Food board.

        1. re: wrayb

          I'm on vaca, that means I've got a few bucks to spend and not looking to budget my food. In my younger days, If the food bill had to be squeezed on vaca, it was coffe/bagel in a.m. (or Mickey D's), Pizza or Salad or Sandwich at lunch and a decent, $5 buck b-fast + $7 buck lunch + $15 - $20 Dinner = (Cheaper than Rachel so can I have my own show??) PS: Emeril has worn thin for me too....I can't take any more bams, but even worse is the suspense building commentary "now watch here's a trick.....and here's what I'm gonna do...Hilda". No wonder Food TV is all reruns right now, cuz now that I'm thinking of it, a few more are getting under my skin..........Aaaaargh!

          1. re: Duffelbag

            Yes, Emeril is irritating too. His "another notch!" and "yeah, baby" make me want to puke.

            1. re: FML

              And how about "I don't know where you buy your (fill in the item here), but where I buy mine, it don't come seasoned."

              Or "I'm in tight with the fire department."

              Or "Keep it G"

              I used to like him, but it's really, really worn thin. I get the sense he's a nice guy who really cares about people and food, but maybe he should find a new show format....The older shows he did, which were more subdued, were easier to watch.

        2. re: Betty

          I get the same feeling when I keep hearing "yummy". Nothing realy wrong with it, but annoying because it is used too much.

          1. re: bobh
            wow i'm a dog

            It's "yum-o!" that gets under my skin...

            1. re: wow i'm a dog

              How funny is THAT? How easy was THAT? How gorgeous is THAT? How come she can't light those burners on her cooktop? I mean, how hard IS that?

      2. Did you just watch, as I did, the episode on Food Network where she was in D.C.? Her laugh is irritating. D.

        1. If you do a search, you'll notice you're far from the only one who feels this way. I'm struck by how much "press" this woman seems to get on this board. As annoying as many people seem to feel she is, she sure has succeded in getting a lot of people to talk about her!

          1. w
            wow i'm a dog

            Finally! Someone else who HATES her! She is the worst host on FoodTV - hands down. From constantly mentioning stupid tips that her "granddaddy" gave her to giving out wrong information, I don't understand how she is still on! My Better Half and even my in-laws and little nephews think it's hilarious how much I can't stand her! Plus, have you read her bio on She has *no* chef experience... OK, I'm a little obsessed, but UGH! I almost fell out of my chair when a thread was posted a long time ago about how she was so hot. Unfortunately, FoodTV's site doesn't have a feedback section to complain about her. Hrmph.

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            1. re: wow i'm a dog

              You CAN join all the other complainers!! Log onto and click on Forums, then to her shows -- and there you'll find many many fellow Rachel-haters.

              1. re: wow i'm a dog

                I really cannot stand her. Her voice IS anoying. She doesn't make anything original at all. Just how many different variations of hamburger, salad or "stoup" can she make???? I am SOOOOO glad that her show is cut back to once in the evening. I like the new afternoon/evening line-up.

              2. I can not stand her - just about everything she says and does annoys me to no end. Luckily, my husband agrees and at least if we are stuck watching her for a few minutes (during a commercial of another show), we find almost enough entertainment in imitating her annoying qualities.