On February 21st, Rachael Ray unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds New York. As you can see in the picture below, the wax figure is wearing a red dress and holding a coffee cup, standing in a replica of the kitchen from her daytime show.
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Q Your syndicated TV show is popular on KARE-TV, but ratings for “The Rachael Ray Show” are slightly higher. Do you consider her your rival?
A I don’t even know Rachael Ray other than having seen her on television. Their program is very different from mine … she’s much more a cook and comfortable in the kitchen. My expertise is the home.
Q But you told shock jock Howard Stern you could out-craft and out-cook Ray. If you had a face-off, which craft would you do and which dish would you cook?
A I’m much older than Rachael Ray. I’m much more experienced. I’m much more knowledgeable. I don’t think I would lose a contest.
Q But just for fun, what’s one of your specialties you would challenge her to make?
A A five-tiered wedding cake. Decorated beautifully with basket weave and marzipan fruits.
The rest of the interview is about Martha Stewart’s future plans and ventures, which include doing interior design for homes and making appearances in movies.
Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray were asked by NASA to create recipes for two recent space shuttle missions. The crew of the Discovery space shuttle had Rachael Ray’s Swedish meatballs, spicy Thai chicken and vegetable curry. At NASA, the recipes were tested and prepared for space by dehydrating and packaging the food for reformulation.
Rachael Ray’s day-time show, which had the highest-rated syndicated talk show debut since Dr. Phil, has been renewed through 2010. Rachael Ray says, “I’m thrilled that I will be able to keep working with all the talented people who make the show such a success. It is truly a dream job, and I thank all the viewers for tuning in every day.”
The site reports Ray became “extremely loud and aggressive” while describing a portrait of Winfrey that hangs in the Chicago offices of Harpo Productions.
The full article claims that Rachael Ray made harmful remarks about not only her friend and mentor, Oprah Winfrey, but also about celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Rachael’s publicist has denied that she ever made such remarks.
“In fact, there are several words that are attributed to Rachael that she has never uttered in her life. Neither in public nor in private has Rachael made a disparaging or cruel remark about her friend and mentor, Oprah, nor a celebrity couple she has never even met.”
While I have no idea who’s telling the truth in this case, I hope to give Rachael Ray the benefit of the doubt because you can’t believe everything people say about others in the public eye.