It's a good filler show for filling out weak spots in the show lineups
"Inside Dish With Rachael Ray" was a good idea that needed to be tried. Contact those celebrities that are known to "cook" at home and invite yourself into their kitchen to learn some of their favorite recipes and secret techniques on cooking.
At the same time, it is sort of a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" where you get to see their homes and chit chat with the celebrity.
So far, since the series start in 2004, 19 episodes have been made. The problem for this 64 year old fan of Rachael Ray is that I have only heard of 8 of the celebrities whom she has interviewed. The rest of the celebrities are from a generation where I have little concern about who they are and what contribution they have made to the entertainment world.
However, the series probably were low cost to produce and made Rachael a nice bonus salary. In addition, the Food Network can run them as fillers whenever they are in a tight programming schedule. After all, they are not dated and can run for years.
I guess this type of show appeals to viewers that are interested in the private lives of the celebrities who cook at home. Sort of like a supermarket tabloid magazine article -- just it's on television.
I give Rachael Ray lots of credit for developing four food shows at her age when others barely manage to keep one show on the air.
People don't have to "like" Rachael Ray (I do) but they should respect her business acumen and achievements. Not everybody HAS to go to college or to "chef" schools. And, not everybody who goes to college actually works in the field that they majored in, for that matter. So, Rachael Ray is a good example of the American dream whereby a person "pulls themselves up by their bootstraps" and becomes a financial success in life. And, if one doesn't think that Rachael Ray's earning of $6 million dollars is successful then I say, think again!
Congratulations, Rachael Ray
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