May 11 2007

Just Who Is Rachael Ray

I forget sometimes that this is the WORLD Wide Web, and Roy reminded me of this when he commented on my last entry about Rachael Ray. I have several international visitors, and I guess I could finally explain who this woman is that I despise so much.

You can read her history at Wiki, of course, but I’ll give you the nitty gritty. In 2001 she joined the Food Network hosting a show based on her book, 30 Minute Meals where she would show you how to prepare a full dinner in 30 minutes. Well… it was bull. If you ever paid attention, you realized she didn’t count in prep time. That aside, she got popular for some odd reason, mostly based on her annoying habit of abbreviating EVERYTHING. Extra Virgin Olive Oil became “EVOO”, sandwich’s became “samys”, and yummy became “YUM-O!”.

Well, the success grew into three more shows on the Food Network. $40 a Day, Inside Dish, and Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels. It was $40 A Day that drove me bonkers. The premise was she could go to any city an feed herself three great meals for $40. Well, as an experienced traveler… $40 a day is insane. Even when I’m in an expensive city I can get away for $20 – $30 max. Her orgasmic reactions to ALL food, and the fact she giggles at everything she says, just drove me finally insane to where I can’t even look at her now. It pretty much made the Food Network unwatchable as she was on nearly 30 hours a week at one point.

At some point along the way, she launched a magazine and became friends with Oprah. The media mogul set her up with her own daily talk show, and now she is even in TV ads for Dunkin Donuts.

Basically she is an inescapable force of nature at this point that makes my ears bleed and drives me to want to claw my eyes out.

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