• RACHAEL RAY
 photo | Oprah Winfrey, Rachael Ray

Credit: David Russell

Published: Tuesday May 17, 2011 16:00 PM EDT

2011

RACHAEL RAY

The plucky, popular Food Network host scored her own deal with Winfrey's star-making Harpo Productions in 2005, promoting her eponymous show with appearances on Winfrey's own talk show. "Rachael's energy and ability to connect with her audience are why she's such a hit," Winfrey tells PEOPLE of her protégé, who went on to win an Emmy and (just like Oprah) launch her own magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray.



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters