Rachael Ray Looks Like A Model After Health & Weight Loss Journey

Feb 23, 2021 by apost team

If you know anything about cooking shows, you've probably heard the name Rachael Ray. The celebrity chef and effervescent TV personality started her career in 2001 with Food Network's "30 Minute Meals." Since then, she has created a strong following with her self-titled lifestyle and talk show, friendly contests with chef Guy Fieri, a cooking show for kids, and two travel programs. Thanks to a line of cookware, cookbooks, and other business ventures, she has amassed a net worth of about $80 million according to Business Insider Australia.

On the road to success, Rachael has also faced some challenges that many of us can identify with. While she did and always will look amazing, she has admitted to struggling with weight throughout her adult life. But she has begun applying the same incredible work ethic that made her a successful businesswoman to her personal health. Now at 52, she looks better than ever! Cooking runs in her blood. Born Rachael Domenica Ray in Glenn Falls, New York, on August 25, 1968, she is the daughter of restauranteur James Ray and Sicilian immigrant and chef Elsa Providenza Scuderi. She was shown the value of hard work at an early age. Her parents brought her and her siblings, Maria and Manny, to work at their many restaurants. As the three kids would later attest, they were essentially raised in the cooking business. 

Rachael's mother ran nine restaurants on her own after she and James divorced. While Rachael was an integral part of those businesses, she was also successful academically.

The Early Life of a Foodie

Rachael Ray (2004), (Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic/Getty images)

Speaking of her mother on her Facebook page earlier in 2020, Rachael wrote, "My mom, Elsa Providenzia Scuderi, is 'no baloney.' She’s tough, smart, and to me, oh so COOL. She’s my favorite cook and favorite person. She’s the hardest worker I have ever known and although one of the toughest humans, she’s also the most empathetic and compassionate. Among the long list of things to love and admire about Elsa, are her gratitude and positive mindset."

At Lake George High School in the Adirondacks region of New York, she was an honor student and cheerleader. During those years, she acted on her entrepreneurial spirit by creating a gift food basket company called Delicious Liaisons. Ever the adventurer, she later moved into a cabin high in the mountains of northeast New York.

After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City to attend Pace University, where she majored in literature and communication. After two years, however, she decided to withdraw and get a job managing the candy counter at Macy's. She was soon offered a promotion to become a manager in their large fashion accessories department. While she continued to be successful there, she began to realize her passion was in the kitchen instead of behind the counter. Finding New York City to be a bit too stressful, she returned once again to upstate New York to plan her next move. Rachael longed for the independence and responsibility of being in business for herself. As she put it, “If you’re going to work that hard, it should be for something with your name on it.” It was at this point that she came up with her best idea yet, what she calls her own "happy accident."

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30 Minute Meals

Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri (2011), (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Having worked in the Big Apple, Rachael understood the stresses of big city life. While working in Albany for a company that deals in gourmet food ingredients, she realized delicious meals can be made at a relatively low cost and in a short amount of time. It would be easy to teach others how to cook in this way, too. The only problem was that no one at the company was able to run the classes. So, she pitched the idea to her bosses with herself as the teacher. Needless to say, her idea took off. Ray published her first cookbook (also called "30 Minute Meals") in 1999.

That's when opportunity came knocking (or, in this case, ringing). During an especially bad snowstorm in New York City, the Today Show was in a bind. Because of the weather, their scheduled chef could not attend. Then weatherman Al Roker had been given a copy of Rachael's first cookbook and decided to track her down. He called her home, and thinking it was a prank, Rachael hung up! Once she realized it was no joke, though, she agreed to come in, piling her equipment and mother into her car and rushing over in the heavy snow. 

A Burgeoning Career, a Friendly Rivalry, and a Husband

Things started happening quickly for Rachael Ray in 2001. She was noticed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who remarked on her quick rise to fame.:

"She started out doing demos in stores, then landed one show, which turned into two, and then it just blew up. Once you meet her, you understand just what a powerhouse she is. This isn’t a coincidental opportunity. She was destined for this."

Rachael Ray, John Cusimano (2011), (Mark Daniels/Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine/WireImage/Getty images)

Though Rachael had no formal training as a chef, their mutual admiration led to the show "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," which aired for three seasons on Food Network between 2012 and 2014. In the midst of her rising popularity, Rachael found the love of her life in John M. Cusimano, a lawyer and lead singer of New York-based indie rock band The Cringe. They met at a party back in 2001, around the time "30 Minute Meals" first began airing. They tied the knot on September 24, 2005 while on vacation in Montalcino in the Tuscany region of Italy. Concerning their first meeting, Rachael told AOL News, “We walked directly across the room to each other. My husband and I have been together on the phone or in person every single day since the night we met.”

The two remain in love and happily married to this day. Cusimano works as the CEO of Rachael's media company, Watch Entertainment, which now produces her television and online shows. In 2006, she told ABC News about the key to their successful relationship. "You know, my husband is the only guy in the world I could have married. The only man that can possibly exist that doesn’t mind eating dinner at midnight, you know. I mean, he’s a really easygoing guy."

Cusimano has stood by her through thick and thin, from the exponential growth of her food empire to their decision not to have children in 2007. As she told People that year, "I work too much to be an appropriate parent. I just feel like I would do a bad job if I actually took the time to literally give birth to a kid right now and try and juggle everything I’m doing.” When not working, the two divide their time between the rustic cabin in the Adirondacks and a home in Southampton, New York.

The Price of Fame

Rachael Ray (2016), (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images/NYCWFF)

With a growing business, fame, and the love of her life at her side, you may think that Rachael had everything. However, she admits that her busy schedule often caused her physical and emotional health to fall by the wayside. By the time she hit 40, she realized she needed to make some significant changes in order to lead a long, healthy life.

In 2012, she told Yahoo News about her health habits. "I feel really guilty about that now that I’m a few years into running six days a week, I really feel like I missed out a lot in my adult years. I wish I had those other 25 years back between when you’re forced to go to gym class and where I’m at now. There were a lot of years where I thought that just working really hard was the equivalent of having exercise every day in your life, and it really isn’t."

A New Lifestyle

With an understanding of what it takes to lose weight and feel great, Rachael built a diet and exercise regimen that best fit her busy lifestyle. In addition to daily gym visits, she eats healthier foods, keeps a more regular schedule, and makes time for herself and her husband. Rachael revealed her dieting secrets to 'Medium' back in February of 2020. She tries to eat meals at regular times, mostly eating the same things (unless it's a holiday or other special occasion). For breakfast, it's a strong cup of coffee to get her going. A greens-heavy tossed salad loaded with fiber makes up the majority of her lunch. At dinner, she treats herself to a steak or pasta dish alongside a glass of wine. For a snack, Rachael makes sure she mixes low-GI sugar sources and proteins. These often take the form of tuna or Greek yogurt with either acai berries or raw vegetables.

Rachael Ray (2016), (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Rachael exercises using machines as opposed to free weights. To keep her motivated, she usually works out with her husband. As the final piece of the puzzle, she and her husband try to adhere to a strict evening routine. She also told 'Medium:'

"...we’d keep awake until late having an additional piece of wine and manage stuff at work. Presently we head to sleep at 10:30 or 11. We rest better and mentally feel like we can manage our days better."

The Results

In addition to looking and feeling great, Rachael Ray lost a total of 40 pounds in time for her 50th birthday! With results like these, it sure sounds like Rachael and John have found the right balance of physical and emotional health. After building her food empire through hard work, finding love, and creating a world-renowned brand, Rachael Ray has found the way to success in business while maintaining her health and beauty.

Rachael Ray (2017), (Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic/Getty images)

Isn't Racheal Ray's weight loss journey inspiring? Let us know if you'll be trying any of her tips and tricks, and be sure to pass this on to others!

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