HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >

Discussion

rachel ray on network tv?

  • 112
  • Share

while getting ready for work this morning i am pretty sure i heard the local nbc affiliate plugging a new rachel ray show coming this fall at 3:00 in the afternoon. is this true? she must do ok ratings on food tv and market test well despite all the vigor she generates on chowhound. personally, i don't care much for her shows - especially cuz she laughs and giggles at all of her own jokes and because she rolls her eyes and sloughs her shoulders everytime she tastes something as if it were manna from heaven. and enough with the "e.v.o.o." already - just say olive oil, or better yet, say "my new branded product, 'rachel ray's e.v.o.o.'".

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. if she leaves food network, i would shed no tears

    10 Replies
    1. re: frankiii

      Nor I.

      I believe Oprah is backing her on the new show/endeavors.

      What happened to that great post ages ago somewhere here, the Rachel Ray drinking game? Someone should dredge that one up.

      1. re: sivyaleah

        Here it is - since it seems we're all on the same page about her: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: sivyaleah

          Couldn't you just drink everytime she giggles and end up on the floor in 30 minutes?
          I'm still feeling a little nauseus about the idea of nilla wafer/whipped cream tiramisu. Did she really do that?

          1. re: sivyaleah

            this is a great link. i have a colleague that's in love with her, mainly b/c according to him she's constantly making innuendo on her shows. party at his house on Friday, can't wait to share this!

            1. re: sivyaleah

              Great Game! LOL -- now I shudder @ nutmeg.

            2. re: sivyaleah

              throw her a plate of hostess twinkies and some hungryman tv dinners, she'll still roll her eyes and pretend she's in heaven. I mean come on let's see sometimes she visits a resturaunt and actually criticize the food instead of pretending she's eating it off the holy grail.

              1. re: BackyardChef

                I would really like to see what goes behind the $40 a day show, I mean it seems like everything is so set-up and so fake...

                1. re: BackyardChef

                  Danimal-

                  Of course it is all set-up in advance. She doesn't scout out those places she visits, some producer does, ahead of time. She probably gets on an airplane in the morning, shows up somewhere, is handed an itinerary/script by a "handler" and that day (or the next day, depending on how far she travelled), escorteed to the locations, shoots a segment, then on to the next location. It is also possible that she may be doing the same routine, day after day, for say a week or two, in order to get a bunch of shows in the can.

                  Its just a factory production operation, producing an end product that will be consumed by a mass audience.

                  1. re: BackyardChef

                    that's a pretty serious charge, chef. any proof they're paying for the review, or is that just a suspicion.

                    1. re: BackyardChef

                      The plating of the food she gets is so perfect you *know* there's no way she just dropped in by accident. Those restaurants would go broke with the huge portions and careful layout. They couldn't afford the food or the staff. (and the forks are all SO shiny at Mom&Pop's dive...)

                2. Yep...Oprah is behind the RR show. I wonder where they are shooting Dr. Phil off to?

                  I really tried to watch one of her tasty travel shows...cause it was in a city I love. I just could not get thru 10 minutes of it. Shut the f...up was my constant mantra so I turned the tv off.... had to meditate for 10 more minutes.

                  1. Story here: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articl...

                    More detailed story here: http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/...

                    Show website here: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/

                    1. I've heard numerous stories that as soon as the cameras are off she's the opposite of nice and giggly. I wouldn't be surprised. The on camera persona seems so fake anyway.

                      1. just how many times are you gonna tell us that your sicilian? oh yes, one more, just to drill it into our heads (whupdy-freaking-do!)

                        1. Oh man.. I want to personally thank the person who spent a long hard 30 mins to put that rachel ray "drinking game" together.... that just made my night......

                          2 Replies
                          1. re: milky

                            I know! I'm so glad I remembered it was here.

                            1. re: sivyaleah

                              That was pretty hilarious! I came across one of her shows while surfing my SIL's TV, and having never seen one before due to our lack of cable I stopped to watch. I could not for the life of me imagine WHY she is SO popular!! That voice alone could send you screaming for the nearest door! Yikes, I would rather drive pins under my fingernails!

                          2. Now if only we had one for Bobby Flay....

                            8 Replies
                            1. re: milky

                              I'm sorry, but I just saw a Flay (rerun) that I plan to make in its entirety -- beef tendrloin, lobster, slaw, all with unique and interesting-looking sauces/dressings. I don't care if this guy has a "persona problem". He can cook!

                              1. re: pikawicca

                                Agree, when I saw that episode I was drooling. He knows his way around a stove or grill.

                                1. re: ChinoWayne

                                  I'm also in agreement. I've eaten at all of his restaurants and have had great meals in each and every one of them. I know some find him somewhat pompous, but for me, I think he's one of those "underrated by Chowhound" deals.

                                  1. re: sivyaleah

                                    I really like the entrees at Bolo, especially the squid ink risotto. And you can walk in an always get a table.

                                2. re: pikawicca

                                  I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree..... his sauces are overrated.... overplated....sauces splashed just about everywhere...... he uses the obvious parts of proteins.. there's no creativity.. I'll grant you that his stuff probably tastes fine... but there's no originality to it... and there's DEFINITLEY no taste or class in his presentation..... EXCEPT for one episode of Iron Chef America.. when he went up against Adam Perry Lang. That show.. he actually did some good stuff and the plating was right on.. he deserved to win... and... i was biased for Lang's team because they were my friends cooking...

                                  1. re: milky

                                    What on earth do you mean by "the obvious parts of protein"? "Sauces splashed just about everywhere" they're all on the plate, as far as I can tell.

                                    1. re: milky

                                      I think that until you've had the pleasure of actually seeing and tasting his cooking in person, you shouldn't pass judgement so harshly. JMHO of course, as one who has had the pleasure of doing so many times over.

                                      1. re: milky

                                        I couldn’t agree more. How many times can the guy use peppers? And yes some of those contest he should never have won. Have to give him credit. He has managed to build a carrier around one ingredient.

                                  2. It doesn't matter to me where they put her. She's easy to turn off whatever station she turns up on.

                                    1. So...we know on this board she is not so popular. So, why is she getting a network tv show?

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. re: melly

                                        She is an absolutely huge success. The New York Times ran an article on her a few months ago. She's sold over 10 million books, outdraws Mario Batali at book signings and has deals galore.

                                        I don't think she appeals to serious cooks because clearly she's not one, but she appeals to the person who never learnt how to cook and wants to be able to put a meal on the table. Some people approve of her 30-minute meals because she is pushing the idea that you can cook a meal in the same time that it takes to go out and get takeout. I just find her horribly irritating and turn her off whenever she appears on TV.

                                      2. I just don't get the appeal anymore. At first, I thought her show on FTV was somewhat cute and entertaining. Even her $40 a day show had some merit along the way.

                                        Then, it became all-Rachel-all-the-time and I simply wanted to pull my hair out (which isn't easy since I am shaved bald). The giggling and the stock pet names she has for everything is really over the top. I nearly lost it when they did a big huge feature on TV about her wedding at which she was giggling so much I personally thought she had been hitting the champagne quite early, and how.

                                        Sigh. I miss the original FoodTV. Alas, it seems to be going the way of MTV.

                                        1. Personally, everytime she says "how cool is THAT!" and widely points her fingers, I want to throw a kitchen appliance through the TV screen.

                                          Needless to say - I ceased watching her eons ago. I have no use for her in my universe.

                                          1. Ya know, I really don't dislike her that much...I can't watch her myself, but at least I understand her appeal. Y'all see, there's a lot of us out here that were raised without being taught how to cook. No Home Ec classes, moms and dads that both worked (or raised in single-parent homes), who came home and just opened a can of whatever. I was one of those kids...got to college and had no idea how to feed myself. But I figured it out, and took the time to teach myself. I would now consider myself a pretty decent, intuitive cook. My friends, husband, his family, my family all would rather have me cook then them on holidays, and that's cool 'cuz I love it. But I know LOTS of folks that love Rachel because she's teaching them. I have a sister that called the other day that was all jazzed because she branched out and made spinach pasta with a lemon sauce and shrimp the other day. Never made it before, was too intimidated to try...but good ole Rachel had this lemon pasta thing, and she took the leap to try it with the spinach pasta, and toss in the shrimp. My thought is good for my sis for trying, and good for Rachel for giving her a bit of inspiration to go for it. No, I may never watch Rachel, or cook anything from her show. But at minimum, I can respect what she does for the folks out there that are starting from zero, and just learning to love the kitchen.

                                            11 Replies
                                            1. re: OrganicGal

                                              You've hit the nail square on.

                                              I think many folks who are so irritated at RR's media saturation, myself included, find that their favorite "more serious" cooking shows have all but dissapeared. Same thing happened on HGTV with their horitculture programs. PBS is their last stand.

                                              These days it's all about the flash and dash. All TV is going down the drain of the reality deep sink. Are we all protesting to the media about what we want and don't want? Or are we letting the advertisers decide on "our" programming?

                                              1. re: toodie jane

                                                I don't disagree that people who actually like and know how to cook would find it frustrating that so many of these dumbed down shows are taking up air time, (Don't get me started on that semihome-made horror!) but it's really not just that. I don't know much about, say, doing home repair, but you can bet that I'm not going to want to learn if my teacher is going to be that perky and annoying. The constant giggling and "e-v-o-o-" and calling sandwiches sammies....ggrrr...it's her personality that's far more grating than her actual cooking.

                                                1. re: pablissima

                                                  Oooooh, what an image, a perky-feminy Bob Villa!

                                                2. re: toodie jane

                                                  exactly. I wonder if there will ever be a new "julia?"

                                                  1. re: milky

                                                    Julia couldn't get a show today, who'd put her on with her looks and voice?

                                                    Has anybody else noticed that when Giada wears a low cut top almost everything she needs for the recipe is placed right below the camera where se'll have to lean way over and reach for it?

                                                    1. re: Scrapironchef

                                                      I'll have to look into that.

                                                      1. re: Scrapironchef

                                                        "When" she wears a low-cut top? When does she not? Love that show, but I always watch it with the sound off....

                                                      2. re: milky

                                                        The new Julia will likely come from a home made podcast or webcast show. That kind of honest, non-commercial joy of cooking won't happen on network TV.

                                                    2. re: OrganicGal

                                                      I may dislike her on an aesthetic level but i understand her appeal. The sad thing is that her dumbed down, overly simplistic brand of cooking is pushing the better shows out. I am in support of everyone cooking at home if it means less fast food and RR, in that situation, is a good set of training wheels for the kitchen. But, if her mediocre meals, cooked on the quick are just a way for lazy americans to get back to watching crap TV but still feel like they have done something then i have a hard time getting too excited about it.

                                                      1. re: frankiii

                                                        I'll take your point about people needing basic instruction or encouragement. That explains why someone might watch her twice. But explain to me why anyone on the planet Earth could get by that voice, that inane giggling and the same repetitive CRAP by the third viewing.

                                                        From her very earliest shows, I hear her voice, I go to another network.

                                                      2. re: OrganicGal

                                                        Yep..that must be it. Ya know, how cool is THAT!

                                                        It's also her cadence while speaking that bugs me..and how she puncuates certain words. She looks like a bobble head.

                                                        Wish I had her money.

                                                      3. Food Network is like any other cable channel, they want to get as many people to watch their channel as possible. If that means leaving their niche market of dedicated foodies and chowhounds, they will do it in order to get more money.

                                                        There are a lot of people who are uncomfortable with cooking until someone like Rachael Ray comes along and shows them how easy it is to throw dinner together. She may not be a gourmet cook, but she is non-threatening and very popular with people who need a lot of guidance and encouragement. I think there are a lot more people in America who are comfortable with Rachael Ray and scared of more serious shows. The more people who watch Food Network, the more money they will make. Obviously, they are going to choose Rachael Ray over more serious shows that scare people away.

                                                        That being said, I don’t hate Rachael Ray, I am more sad that food and cooking is so threatening to people in America that they need a babysitter like Rachael. Hopefully, as more people become educated about food and cooking, the more serious shows can make a comeback. Maybe people will see Rachael as a stepping stone to bigger and better things in their culinary life.

                                                        1. I'm sorry if people think she's taking over from the "serious" chefs, but what about "Unwrapped" and "Sandra Lee" or whatever that semi-homemade thing is? I don't have TV, but when I did I watched too much of the Food Channel, and of course it's mind-numbing after awhile, like all TV.
                                                          I would not be able to watch RR on a daily basis, but she always appealed to me b/c I thought I could do that, I could teach the ignorant masses to cook simple food. I could be silly and talk about my family for 1/2 hour and make something good at the same time. She was up and down with her weight (unlike Giada, who by the way is also just average if more Italian) so that made her likeable and she's really just making what most people should be eating!

                                                          What about the Barefoot Contessa, what if everyone ate like that? or semi-homemade -- why is noone on the case of that show? Emeril??
                                                          Be glad RR is the new male fantasy, most of you probably have more in common with her than you think ;)

                                                          7 Replies
                                                          1. re: fara

                                                            Sandra Lee is even WORSE. Her show makes me physically ill, while RR is just plain annoying....

                                                            1. re: BackyardChef

                                                              I would have to agree on that point.

                                                              1. re: BackyardChef

                                                                We don't refer to her as Sandra Lee anymore. We refer to her as Half-Baked, as that's what "semi-(home)made" really is. ;>

                                                                1. re: BackyardChef

                                                                  Agreed. I almost hurled at her mentioning Beer-Margari-tini! and fondue with cheese whiz....

                                                                  1. re: AquaW

                                                                    Well there goes my appetite. That all sounds thoroughly disgusting!!!

                                                                  2. re: BackyardChef

                                                                    See, to me Sandra is so howlingly awful that she is actually fun to watch and see what new atrocity she is commiting or how stupid she can actually be. Rachel is just simply annoying. I watch Sandra whenever I can and then go and read the boards on the television without pity site and I turn Rachel off as soon as she comes on.

                                                                    1. re: BackyardChef

                                                                      Have you noticed her face doesn't move? Way too heavy on the Botox. The same with the other woman w/ the 30 minute cooking show, not Rachel Ray but another brunette, can't remember her name.

                                                                  3. Everytime I see Rachel Ray I want to split her head open with a axe handle. If I hear e.v.o.o one more time I am going to go on a 10 state killing spree.

                                                                    5 Replies
                                                                    1. re: mattesq

                                                                      So, why do so many posters on Chow use the term, "EVOO"?

                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                        I think spelling EVOO out is OK (I do it all the time). It's just that RR doesn't pronounce it "EVOO" as just two syllables. She pronounces each individual letter, and then tells us every single time what the hell it is! "E-V-O-O - that's Extra Virgin Olive Oil!"

                                                                        At least that's the way I see it. I'm just not fond of her big-ass Joker Smile, her "Yummo!"s and other oft-repeated exclamations of goodness, and her giggling, et al. But she is a damn sight better than Shamdra and the dreck she puts forth.

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          There is certainly nothing on the tube worse than "semi home made" -- really, really bad food! And the whole decor schtick is just awful!

                                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                                            I concur whole heartedly.

                                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                                              Totally agree. It is like those Kraft commercials that starts out with something like "what do you do with a tub of craft cheese whiz, a can of kraft cream of mushroom soup and a pound of chicken"? Well cook and shred the chicken mix with the soup and cheese roll into tortillas and boom you have "chicken enchiladas" Everytime I see one of those commercials I scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! and run out of the house. Nothing more vile than cooking with highly processed foods.

                                                                      2. I have no problem with shows that give simple, basic how to cook instructions, and throw in some nice, easy and quick to make, and not too intimidating recipies besides. I surely think there's room on American TV for someone who does this. But why does such a duty have to fall to someone as thoroughly aggrivating, boneheaded, goofy, and grating as Rachael Ray?

                                                                        Yet another celebrity in this country whose popularity is utterly inexplicable to me. I guess she belongs on network TV.

                                                                        1. In the original post xman887 said: "and because she rolls her eyes and sloughs her shoulders everytime she tastes something as if it were manna from heaven."

                                                                          That little nonverbal is not unique to Rachel Ray; many cooking shows seem to have it (in one form or another) when the chef is all done and has to taste their food and convince the viewers that it's delicious. It's what I call the "orgasm shot" after 29 minutes of culinary foreplay.

                                                                          2 Replies
                                                                          1. re: alanstotle

                                                                            it's the same eye-roll expressions from such informercials as ronco rotisserie and express oven

                                                                            1. re: alanstotle

                                                                              That's one of the reasons I love watching Charlie Trotter's show on PBS. He's deadly serious about everything and his methods are so over-the-top I doubt many viewers attempt to duplicate his dishes. When he tastes what he's made, he often frowns and says "this needs some ..." and will adjust something minutely. He's a real cook.

                                                                            2. I do like one thing about RR - she uses a melamane speckled bowl my mom had, as her "garbage" bowl, tho for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone would want to keep piling up garbage into a bowl while cooking.

                                                                              1. Well, after reading all the RR posts, I realize that is 7 minutes of my life that I will never get back. The one thing I give RR credit for is that she has made the point in print a number of times that she is not a chef. (insert grating laugh here)
                                                                                That said, my biggest pet peeve is with her 40 dollars a day tipping. She never gives 20 percent unless it is to a cute bartender. I can't believe I have never heard people bitching about that.If I hit a town like she did I would be run out on the rails. I think someone on the Chicago board talked about seeing the prep before she hit Chicago last time for $40 and the earlier poster hit the producers doing the prep right on the head.

                                                                                2 Replies
                                                                                1. re: fryrose

                                                                                  Actually, Anthony Bourdain mentioned that in an interview...he was pretty pissy about it....gave me a nice chuckle, because my wife and I noticed that, too.

                                                                                  1. re: BackyardChef

                                                                                    AB (not Alton Brown) ALWAYS gives me a chuckle. If Food TV can 86 him for his honesty, he's just my type of guy!

                                                                                2. I for one will not be watching her new "talk" show. The promo runs non-stop here in LA on Channel 2. There is one promo that has Rachael shooting hoops! PULEEZE!! As if she ever gets a day of exercise in her life. You just know that you can't believe a thing that's going on - especially true since she's been "discovered" by Oprah. What a fake! If you want to learn to cook, buy a cookbook and teach yourself. You don't need an overexposed soon to be off the air persona to teach you.
                                                                                  Rant over!

                                                                                  1. Can you please tell me once again what EVOO means? I seem to forget and have to be reminded 15 times in one show.

                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                    1. re: personalcheffie

                                                                                      "Eeee Veee Oh Oh" = "Aren't I cute!"

                                                                                      1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                                        Thank you.

                                                                                    2. I have to honestly say the only thing that really really bothers me about her is that she's the lousiest tipper on the $40/day show. The rest of her stchick is fine, it works for her. But the whole, "My omlette was 6.99, cofee was 1.50, with tax and tip that comes to 10.25."

                                                                                      If I was a server and saw her coming, I'd go on break. Serving up someone for a tv show and I get $1 tip. NO THANKS.

                                                                                      tsk tsk on the bad tipping Rachel...

                                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                                      1. re: mamamia

                                                                                        At Catahoula in Napa Valley she didn't even tip for dinner so she could be within 10 cents of budget. I thought maybe they tipped off camera and just didn't add it to the budget to make it work, bu tit was such blatant fudging.

                                                                                        Same episode: me and boyfriend writhing on the floor in pain, screaming DON'T DRINK IT! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO as she poured V. Sattui wine down her throat and called it "Like velvet!"

                                                                                        V.Sattui is a tourist trap winery commonly used in this phrase by Bay Area hounds: friends don't let friends drink V. Sattui.

                                                                                        1. re: Pei

                                                                                          Haha agreed - but it's not bad.... just not good either. And it works in a jiffy during my last trip up with LAers (when Napa was flooded up the wazoo, that and Peju were amongst the few that stayed open.)

                                                                                      2. Bring on the flames but here goes anyways....

                                                                                        I personally find RR to be extremely annoying, and don't like the RR "overload" on FoodTV, magazines, books, and now network TV, but I do think that her 30 Minute Meals show serves a purpose. I'm a home cook. I work a very long day and no matter what come home and cook dinner. Sure, lots of her meals look totally fatty and gross and the desserts are ridiculous, but I can not say that I haven't gotten some ideas from her show and her style of cooking. A lot of her one-dish meals or "stoups" (yes, foolish name, but I'm talking about the recipe not the name) are pretty easy to make and tasty for an average Tuesday night. I simply use my brain and leave out the 10 turns of the pan of EVOO and the 4 handfuls of cheese on top to make it more healthful. Yes, I love to watch "real" chefs, too, but that's more just entertainment to me than something I'm going to cook at 8pm during the week.

                                                                                        I'm just saying that her show serves it's purpose for a lot of regular at home cooks. She's annoying, and she could benefit from being a bit more humble, like admitting when she's messed something up instead of just glossing it over. If she did that and toned down her stupid giggle and dumb made-up words, I think the show would be fine.

                                                                                        1. Well, I am going to go the road less traveled and say that I like Rachael Ray. I had the opportunity to meet her in person once and she was warm and friendly--no pretensions. Now I'm not into her recipes per se, but I have absolutely nothing against her. I've heard Bourdain and Mario say not very nice things about her, and you know what--what a turnoff. Mario is a heart attack waiting to happen and Bourdain--okay, has anyone actually seen this guy up close? Not pretty. Yes, there are days that Rachael's "shtick" wears thin, but so does Bourdain's "I'm so tough and cool and James Deanish and ooh, I'm going to eat all these innards and blah blah blah because I'm such a rebel and oh, look, I'm going to smoke a fag now while I'm at it to further show how absolutely cool I am" and Mario's "I'm so Italian and great and I discovered modern Italian cuisine and everyone should drop down and kiss my clog shoes NOW!" Ina is the best, with her husband Jeffrey away every week and all these gay friends coming over and having the most fabulous parties seemingly EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. But I digress.

                                                                                          1. I love Chowhound, and I love the populist attitude most people have toward chowishness here. (The "Things you eat yourself but wouldn't serve to other people" thread is a perfect example.)

                                                                                            But I'm sorry. This thread is nothing more than middle-school-quality bitchiness.

                                                                                            Rachael Ray wouldn't have 4 shows on the Food Network if those shows didn't attract a shitload of viewers.

                                                                                            Maybe her shows aren't up to your exacting standards -- I get that. You're chowhounds.

                                                                                            But did you ever stop to consider that maybe she's introducing the fast food market to food that is a step above? (My parents are the perfect example.)

                                                                                            So she doesn't float your boat. Whatever. You're not the only demographic out there. Just let her do her job, realize you're not her market, tune in to PBS instead, and get over it already.

                                                                                            She serves a purpose. She (like Emeril before her, however annoying he is), teaches the uneducated about upper-market food.

                                                                                            Y'all should be championing that, not tearing it down.

                                                                                            Anything else points to snobbery.

                                                                                            4 Replies
                                                                                            1. re: demo

                                                                                              Sorry, but Rachael Ray in no Emeril. Emeril is a fine chef. He has trained in the US and in France.

                                                                                              1. re: Fleur

                                                                                                I'm not a big RR fan, but I would watch 24 hours of her straight before I'd watch 10 minutes of Emeril Live. It's 30% because of him and 70% because of his audience. When they CHEER when he uses garlic or any kind of alcohol...it's makes me want to break my TV screen.

                                                                                              2. re: demo

                                                                                                Yes, and because they've sold billions, McDonald's has the best burgers around...lol....Seriously though, I'm all for encouraging people to learn to cook, but I wouldn't call 'stewps' and 'sammies' upper-market....

                                                                                                1. re: BackyardChef

                                                                                                  "Stewps" everytime I have heard her use that term I thought she was talking about me, do you mean she is referring a dish, or should I say, one of her concotions? ;-)

                                                                                              3. I would like to know if anyone else has noticed this. In her old seasons, her voice is a little more soothing and, um, shall we say not so nails-on-chalkboard screechy. These days--my Lord--she sounds like a loud, brash 8-pack a day smoker. Is it just me???

                                                                                                3 Replies
                                                                                                1. re: navygirl7

                                                                                                  You are absolutely not the only one to have noticed. I, too, wonder if she has taken up smoking. But it's not consistent--on some recent shows, her voice is normal and on others, she has that hoarse voice you mentioned. I wonder if it's the stress of all her FN shows plus her new talk show. I recall watching her holiday special last year and she was moving and talking like she was on speed. Man, I was stressed after watching that show (and I wasn't the only one to notice this).

                                                                                                  1. re: gloriousfood

                                                                                                    I got curious and googled "Rachael Ray" and "smoking." Sure enough, two people have blogged about seeing Rachael light up. Just as I suspected!

                                                                                                    1. re: navygirl7

                                                                                                      Her hoarse, cracking voice has a lot more to do with the fact that they shoot something like a week's worth of shows in a day. Add that to the fact she never shuts up, and that explains why some of her shows have normal speech and the ones filmed later in the day she sounds like the lovechild of Hepburn and Minnie Mouse. I mean -- you try talking for five hours straight. See what happens!

                                                                                                      The voice-going-out, exhausted and run ragged non-stop freneticism annoys me, too. I can and do put together healthy meals in thirty minutes or less several times a week. I just don't look like I'm getting shock treatments to get it done. I wish she'd chill a little.

                                                                                                2. Does that mean she will be leaving Food Network? One can always hope.

                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                  1. re: Fleur

                                                                                                    but the reruns... oh the humanity

                                                                                                  2. As annoying as she is, the one thing that made me seriously question even her basic cooking knowledge was when she said, in describing bell peppers that she was adding to something, "go ahead and use any type you want, green, yellow, red because they all taste the same"

                                                                                                    Taste the same??? ughh

                                                                                                    I can appreciate what a show like hers is trying to do, but sometimes these tv chefs spew weird messages bordering on untruths.

                                                                                                    1. I think she watched too many Flinstones cartoons as a child. When I hear that phoney giggle 'Wilma' comes through loud and clear. What is her 'pull' anyway?

                                                                                                      1. Here's the bottom line for me on RR: she simply doesn't appear to like food. She takes two small bites of something, does the eye roll and moans "mmmm" or says "de-lish!" I can't blame her for "branding" herself or moving up in the TV world but her show seems pointless if she doesn't enjoy food.

                                                                                                        1. I've watched 40 Dollars A day,and like to see the places she goes to,but She never says anything bad about the food she gets.Doesn't she ever get a bad meal?
                                                                                                          Haven't really watched her other show,but she seems awful perky
                                                                                                          all the time.
                                                                                                          i'm 50 and heavy,but no one would give me a show.A show telling people how to make things when you get home from work in 30 or so minutes.Or about how to plan menus and do your shopping accordingly,or how you can entertainunexpected guests.Have old cookbooks with a lot of ideas from the 1920s and 30s that are very practical even for a modern cook.
                                                                                                          It would be like your mom or grandma cooking,more home cooking than haute cuisine.When you can do basic things well,then you can progress to the fancy stuff.
                                                                                                          Different peppers donot taste the same.i like japanese eggplant because to me it seems less bitter that black beauty or those types of eggplant,etc.

                                                                                                          1. How can someone not like RR, would be like disliking sunshine. She's adorable, and she's only got 30 minutes. Leaver her alone. Now that Sandra Lee, she's atrocious. Makes my skin crawl.

                                                                                                            3 Replies
                                                                                                            1. re: foodISlove

                                                                                                              Well I guess I don't like sunshine.

                                                                                                              I don't understand how people can like all that sickeningly perky prattle. To me, it's so over the top it seems phony.

                                                                                                              DT

                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                gawd - couldn't agree more. She drives me crazy - has she ever thought of actually critiquing the food. I've never seen anyone who loves everything she puts in her mouth. And the giggling is obnoxious.

                                                                                                                BTW - how can anyone feel sorry for a zillionaire? This show isn't about food or travel - it's about celebrity of the masses.

                                                                                                              2. re: foodISlove

                                                                                                                That’s why they make sun block.

                                                                                                              3. 2 syllables kids: YUMM-O!

                                                                                                                1. What a shite tipper.

                                                                                                                  1. and i suspect you will all be sitting in the front row as her show goes to air this month :))

                                                                                                                    1. Well her show is going to be on KSAT12,the local San Antonio ABC affiliate here.This morning on the local news,the two news guys were laughing in this funny way.Then the news lady made mention about Racael Ray's show coming to KSAT12.Thought it was funny how they were imiating her laugh.

                                                                                                                      1. I heard a 70 year old man use the term e.v.o.o. and then reference "rachel" as if they were close friends at Costco yesterday. At least it's not Sandra Lee, right?

                                                                                                                        1. I just saw an ad for her new show on the Food Network. It looks like a talk show (how weird is THAT!). Starts September 18th.

                                                                                                                          1. It is ironic that she is doing a talk show. She used to have an interview show on FN. She was horrendous. Keep yammering on talking and giggling over her ‘guests’ asking stupid questions. So bad in fact FN even pulled it. If they cancel something that features ‘St. Rachel’ it must be really really awful.

                                                                                                                            1. This person is a joke all across the country yet Oprah is going to make her into another Dr. Phil. You think you're sick of her now, just wait.....

                                                                                                                              Seriously, she will take up the audience Rikki Lake left behind.
                                                                                                                              And she'll dump FN in a matter of months.

                                                                                                                              1. I just caught her on Oprah doing a report of street food in NYC and then shmoozing with Oprah. Manic, crazy giggling, loud, conversation all over the place. The poor thing seems like she's coming unhinged. This girl needs a long rest not another show. Oprah, looks like another one has jumped the couch!

                                                                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                                                                1. re: takeoutgirl

                                                                                                                                  Yumm-o! EVOO for everyone!

                                                                                                                                  Seriously, have you looked deeply into RR's eyes? She's either super charismatic or nuts...or perhaps both.

                                                                                                                                2. I would love to look into the eyes of RR...if they would only stop spinning for a moment!

                                                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                                                  1. re: takeoutgirl

                                                                                                                                    Geez, spot on. So that's why I get dizzy watching her on TV and have to flip the channel.

                                                                                                                                  2. and yes, she will have a cd this year. Rachel Ray's all time favorite christmas songs.....

                                                                                                                                    1. omg !! Rachel Ray's new tv talk show is hilarious. She has really interesting people and ideas on. I actually have tried her ideas and some of them are really good, plus she really make you feel at home watching her. Say what you want but I for one will continuw to watch and learn from her!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                                                                      1. re: greeniz

                                                                                                                                        And what will you do after you master the two techniques she is capable of performing ? You know, I never quite understood why the French look upon Americans as classless pieces of garbage but now I am beginning to get it..Rachel Ray, Sandra Lee, that absolutely moronic woman with the Southern drawl and the Iron Chef American debacle. No Chowhound could possibly take any of them seriously. Martha Stewart's original Thanksgiving Special was far better...now, when the French come up with their own version, perhaps the " Rachelle Raimonde Show " or " The Giggling Gallic Idiot " then I will dump on them as well.

                                                                                                                                      2. I just got back from the supermarket, and I swear there was a Rachel Ray product on every aisle. Seriously, even products I like, such as Red Oval stoned wheat crackers, now bare her image on the box. It's like an infestation of Rachel Ray. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I got to the aisle with the oils. She has her own brand of extra virgin olive oil now. Three guesses as to what it's called.

                                                                                                                                        Hopefully, her star will burn out soon. Like K-Fed becoming Fed-Ex... can I propose a toast to the day we can all call her Ex-Ray?

                                                                                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                                                                                        1. re: durhamois

                                                                                                                                          Love it....Ex-Ray!!!! LOL