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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Food Network Orders More Helpings of Rachael Ray!

Post by: Sal

Source: Zap2It

Yummo. Can't get enough of sprightly food diva Rachael Ray? Well, neither can the Food Network.

The culinary cable channel has ordered up 60 new episodes of Ray's "30-Minute Meals" and has agreed to a two-year deal for her new series, "Rachael's Vacation."

"Rachael is the quintessential example of the homegrown stars we create at Food Network," says Brooke Johnson, Food Network's president. "She has been with us since 2001 and we have built a strong partnership that will continue for years to come and bring more new and exciting projects."

"Rachael's Vacation," which will premiere on Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is pretty much what it sounds like. The chipper host gets to go on holiday to locations near and far and participate in local culture that's accessible to everyone. This can include tapas in Barcelona, pubs in Dublin or farmer's markets in Bordeaux. Her adventures aren't confined to just food, though. She'll also visit bookstores, shoe shops, boutiques, museums and street festivals.

Ray, 39, also hosted "Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels," "$40 a Day" and "Inside Dish" for the Food Network, along with participating in numerous other specials. Her "30-Minute Meals" is a daytime show that instructs viewers how to put together a meal in under half an hour. It has also helped her spawn several cookbooks based on the concept.

Over on CBS, Ray hosts her own talk/lifestyle show, "Rachael Ray," co-produced by Oprah Winfrey. The show is currently in its second season and has been renewed through the 2009-2010 season.

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