Sunday, September 16, 2007

Are You a Real Foodie?

If you are a real foodie, Rachael Ray may be looking for you. “So You Think You Can Cook?” is her challenge to ‘wannabe’ chefs. You can not be a chef or be specially trained to cook for a living. She is looking for a foodie. What is a foodie? Someone, who totally enjoys food and cooking.

The candidates will dwindle down to the top five. Then, there is just one catch, you will have to undergo two weeks of intense challenges. The winner will be announced in late November.

What do you win –
1. Co-host the Rachael Ray Show for a day.
2. Receive training at a U.S. culinary institute (this could be amazing!)
3. Your original recipe published in ‘Every Day with Rachael Ray’ (Get those recipes ready!)

Contest rules are posted on Rachael’s website,

The deadline for entries is October 3rd.

Some things that you may not know about Rachael Ray.

Rachael was born in Glen Falls, New York on August 25, 1968, and grew up around food. Her father is a Cajun from Louisiana – Creole, a mix of Welsh and French. Add Sicilian to the mix, from her mother, and you get some real food lovers. Rachael worked in several of her families’ restaurants. Then, decided to try her luck at Macy’s fresh-food department in New York. From there, she moved on to managing pubs and restaurants on Lake George. She then made her move to TV with a 30 minute meal segment for the local news on CBS in Albany. That is where the Food Network found her.

She married musician, John Cusimano, in 2005. Their home is on Lake Luzerne in upstate New York.

In the past 12 months, Rachael has filmed 285 episodes of her various shows. In her spare time, she runs the magazine ‘Every Day with Rachael Ray’ and has written 14 cookbooks.

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