Rachael Ray was born on August 25, 1968 into a family of cooks. When Rachael was 3 or 4 years of age she knew that she also wanted to become a cook. Her first job was at the candy store counter at Macey’s , a grocery store and pharmacy, in New York City. She did such a great job that they promoted her to manager of the fresh foods department. Moving back to upstate New York, Rachael managed Mister Brown Pub at the Sagamore, a famous hotel on Lake George. From there she became a chef at Cowan & Lobel, a gourmet market in suburban Albany. She began teaching a cooking course for those reluctant to cook calling it Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. In October of 2005 Rachael launched her own magazine calling it Every Day with Rachael Ray. In addition to her television hosting and cook books, she endorsed products for Price Chopper Supermarkets and developed her own line of cookware and cutlery. In late 2005 Rachael also signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey and King World Productions to host a daytime TV talk show. In 2006 Ray’s 30 Minute Meals received an Emmy Award Nomination for outstanding service show, but she lost to Suze Orman. In addition to her books, television programs, and products she devotes some of her time to charity. She has established Yum-O, a nonprofit organization to educate young people and their families about the importance of good nutrition and to help feed American children in need.