Well..Rachel Ray, unlike most of the Food Network stars, was never a cook, much less a chef. She was an actress that landed a cooking show, and she's been very open about the fact she didn't know how to cook when they handed it to her. Everything she does is laid out for her beforehand and she's given complete instructions to get her through each show.
Personally, besides because of how annoying it is to listen to her say EVOO five million times a show, I stopped watching after this incident happened:
My friend's husband is a co-store manager of the Sterling, Virginia Wegman's, a luxury grocery store that includes a world-class patisserie, with a regular grocery store (they even offer free child care while you shop, lol! If you ever have a chance to shop at one -- go! Just the cheese counter alone...sigh...now I'm homesick, lol).
Anyway, they hosted a book signing for Rachel a year and a half ago for her new cookbook. My friend's husband (the store manager) wanted to get a book signed for his sister (who was a big fan), so he sent one of his employees to buy one in anticipation of the event. Meanwhile, Rachel Ray arrives, complete with a list of demands which include a private entrance, having an entire bathroom closed off for her use, etc., and a very sour attitude toward all of the Wegman's employees. To top it all off, when Bob asked Rachel to sign the book for his sister, she said she would only sign her name. She refused to personalize it in any way for his sister because it was not her latest book -- and HE WAS THE STORE MANAGER!! Then, after all that nastiness to the "little people" she was all smiles for the customers with her book in hand.
Needless to say it was the last time she was and will be invited back.
And I haven't watched her or her show since...