Rachael Ray Says This Would Be Her Dream Meal in Heaven

Rachael Ray has been cooking from a very young age. Once she was ‘discovered,’ it led to her years on the Food Network, taking her from one show to another, including 30 Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-OffRachael Ray’s Tasty Travels, and more.

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The Rachael Ray Show star has made her fair share of heavenly meals and recently had the tables turned on her and was asked what her dream meal in heaven would be. Find out what the celebrity chef said and what she has been working on.

Ray has been back on Food Network

After a brief break from Food Network with more time and attention spent on her Rachael Ray Show, Ray returned with a reboot of 30 Minute Meals in April of this year. The Food Network website welcomed her back by saying “Fans can tune in and log on to watch Rachael serve up her signature style of can-do dishes and time-saving tricks, starting with an easy recipe for chicken patty parm meatballs, which she’s making in the first episode. She knows just the trick for putting new spins on family-friendly meals; in other episodes, she’ll make breakfast for dinner, cast-iron skillet pizza and the quickest pot pie you’ve ever had.”

Ray told People in April, “I don’t want people to think that there’s elves, that’s why I love showing behind the scenes,” says Ray. “When we go to break, they take some dirty dishes or something because the camera shot gets jammed, but they don’t touch my food, it’s still my food.” 

When asked how the new 30 Minute Meals is different from the original, Ray said, “I love the way we’re doing them now because the way we always did them in the past was the cameras were much bigger and they weren’t as easy to move around. We had dollies and giant cameras, so we’d have to do these elaborate camera rehearsals. I’d do the first act and then we’d stop and we’d take the food out of the pan. But we’ve never done what we do here, which is we just roll.

Ray’s got a new cookbook

Ray just published a new book, Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life. Although the celebrity chef is 51, she looks back over the past five decades of her life and the wonderful times and meals shared with family and friends. She spoke on The View about Rachael Ray 50 having more of a memoir feel than just being another cookbook.

“The book commemorates my 50th year. Right when I turned 50 is when I sat down to write it. This is totally different. It’s not just a cookbook. It’s a scrapbook, you know. It’s kind of like a mini-memoir of my life.”

“I wrote it because I wanted to…prove to people that anybody could be Rachael Ray. If you’re an American, the American dream is still alive. It’s a love story. It’s an ode to being an American — a grateful American — and a grateful American waitress and food professional.”

Ray’s heavenly meal choice

CBS This Morning co-host, Gayle King, asked Ray this week, “What will your first meal in heaven be?”

Ray thought that question over and replied, “It would be anchovy spaghetti with my grandpa, and butternut squash with my first dog, Boo.”

Such simple comfort foods, such a simple answer, simply heavenly.

Read more: Why Rachael Ray Says Her New Book ‘Rachael Ray 50’ is More Memoir Than Cookbook