A beloved celebrity chef, Rachael Ray has been a fixture in pop culture for over 20 years. From cookbooks to television shows, there’s not much Ray hasn’t done.
But through all of it, she has remained down to earth and approachable, donating her time and talents to a variety of charities. Ray is also known for the fact that she has never had children – a topic that Ray says is directly responsible for a rude question she receives from critics “all the time.”
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The first time Ray got into food and entertaining was when she was a young woman working as a pub manager in New York. There, Ray taught people how to prepare simple meals at home, which ignited her passion for making simple meals in less than 30 minutes.
In 2001, Ray’s television series “30 Minute Meals” premiered on the Food Network. The series ran until 2012 and returned for a revival in 2019. In addition to her iconic first series, Ray has curated many cookbooks and starred in dozens of other TV projects.
Throughout all of her successes, Ray always had a man by her side – her husband John Cusimano. Ray and Cusimano met in the early 2000s, just as Ray was rising to television stardom. In 2005, they got married.
Ray and Cusimano have been a couple ever since. Ray once chatted about the secret to their longevity, admitting, “I think if more people took themselves less seriously, they’d be much happier in their daily lives. We both work hard and find it easy to laugh at ourselves. That works for us.”
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– rachael ray (@rachaelray) March 25, 2021
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Ray and her husband have never had children of their own, with Ray once admitting, “I work too much to be a proper parent. Some days I feel like a bad mom to my dog because I’m just not around enough.”
Still, Ray and Cusimano have experienced a lot of love in their lives, most of which has come from their pets. For years, the couple owned a pit bull named Isaboo, and after she passed away in early 2020, they adopted another dog, a pit bull named Bella Boo Blue.
Despite the fact that Ray never had human children, Cook has dedicated her time to many causes and organizations that affect children.
Ray and Cusimano reportedly donated more than $4 million, including proceeds from their product lines, to various organizations including Feeding America, Share Our Strength, World Central Kitchen and Hunger Free America during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these organizations work directly with children to help address the food insecurity crisis in America.
In a recent appearance on Justin Long’s podcast, Ray shared her work with children and food insecurity and revealed the most offensive question she is often asked.
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In her interview with Justin Long, Ray talked about the importance of working with public schools to provide more nutritious meal options.
“Ask your school in your community what you can do. They will start a garden … They’ll take your advice,” Ray explained, revealing that she believes many of the changes made to school nutrition programs during the Obama administration (a presidency Ray strongly supported) will likely be brought back into play. “Those standards will be reinstated in our schools. We’ve come a long way.”
Ray also revealed that some of her critics ask her a particularly insulting question, “The thing is, people tell me all the time – and I actually find it really insulting – people tell me all the time, ‘Why do you care about school food? You don’t have kids.’ Yeah, but I’m an American.”
Fortunately, Ray doesn’t let the negative comments distract her from her mission.