South Beach with the kiddies


Boy, what fun I had this year at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  One of the most exciting parts was working with kids at the Kidz Kitchen Cook-off where my buddy, Jamie Oliver and I were each paired with an awesome kid cook in an Iron Chef type cooking contest! In the end, the judges called it a tie but really we all won, having fun in the kitchen and whipping up healthy and fun foods. My team made a Monte Cristo sammie on whole wheat bread. Yum-o!

You can read all about the coverage of this event and the others in our news section. Go here!

47 Responses to “South Beach with the kiddies”

  1. I have to admit to a tad bit of jealousy setting in looking at that picture! I can NOT wait for the warm sun and colors of spring/summer to arrive!

    I also can not wait until my little one is old enough to cook with (and for!) I have so many things that I want to share with her!


  2. mike says:

    rach put dish soap in pump despencer and use elbow to pump soap cleaner on hands no chicken left on dish soap bottle

  3. Catja Karlberg says:

    well i can say this right away, im from sweden som my english is not that gooood in the spelling, well you know.
    your program rock man, to c a girl so happy that you are makes me wonder, it has to be tha food, huh ? =) i loooove coocking to, swedish food is kinda booring but whatta hell.
    LOOOOVE thai and kines food, LOOOVE it. i druling just thinkin about it, thing u spell it that way haha, u like having kids at you program, well im 23, 19th march, im still a kid huh? :D would be an honur to be on your show realy, BUUT if im on your show some day, you HAAAVE to give me som food haha, =) well, see you like dogs to, im goin to get my dog 28th march when shes 8weeks old. kinda reeeeeealy reallly cute :D. would be cool if you answer me on thes “small” letter =)

  4. hi Rach…
    I was watching your show here in Iceland ;) and you asked if someone wanted to come to your show.. my plan is to come on your show one day, all the way from Iceland.
    love from Iceland ;* S. Helga

  5. greg says:

    dismayed to hear daytime show may be scratched…. we love you and alllllll of your shows. wife says if she predeceases me, marry you if available… you are the lovliest woman on the tube
    girl of my dreams
    with warmest regards and deepest respect
    greg and esperanza, new jersey

  6. rebecca says:

    u know i have a problem. i watch ur show everyday even the reruns. i can cook some of ur recipes. i think some what like u cook them. but i am a young cook. i am trying to cook for my 2.5 year old and my husband who r very pick-y. what do i do. i am on a low budget, but everything i get from u that i can cook they have loved so far. we are getting tired of the same food over and over. like i said we r on a low budget but i feel like they deserve good food. not frozen stuff that don’t taste good. also they r pick-y. please let me know of a great recipe u recommend for me to try. i would love to wow them with something else of yours. o-ya i love u and ur the best. keep doing what u r doing it made a 22 year old like me that wasn’t ready for marriage, 2 kids, cooking, cleaning, and actually life. want to cook. i cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. my family loves when i get new stuff from u. ever since i have watched u i have changed for the better. thank u for all u do. u might not think u do much but u inspire alot of people. so thank u and i am ur biggest fan!!!

  7. Zahra says:

    hi Rachael,
    I’m currently participating in a TV show campaign for ABC Family’s show, Wildfire. It’s about the relationship between a girl and her best friend; a horse named, Wildfire. She was brought into in a new environment where she could turn her life around and start over. During this adjustment, she develops new friendships, a romance, and was welcomed into a family that she grew to love. Wildfire has touched the hearts of millions including my own. Unfortunately, ABC Family decided to cancel the show due to money issues. The reason why I’m writing to you is because I’m asking for your help on spreading the word about Wildfire on your show being that your a tramendous force in your chosen field. Please help us Rachael. You won’t regret it, I promise. Thank you for reading my message. Have a nice day.

  8. Mrs. Anderson says:

    Rach, your smile is my sunshine … you have such a giving and living spirit … I am in awe of all you do and I am a MOM … Eash day I wonder what will Rach do next? Love the recipes, ideas and your humor … I Am Your #1 FAN!!!!!!!

  9. Amy Hanek says:

    There is nothing better than getting the kids involved in food.

    My husband is an executive chef and I have three kids. We have taught them about the food we eat AND taught them to cook some of it. I have to admit, I wish they knew more and did the dishes without my nagging, but someday they will be gone and I will miss the busy kitchen I once had.

    I used to live near Orlando (worked at Disney) and in Fort Myers Beach. There are many children there with parents that HAVE to work all the time and don’t have time to spend in the kitchen with their kids. I believe this is may be the stem of the “eating right” challenge we have with kids in America today. Thank you and Jamie (love him too) for taking great care of our children.

  10. Heather Higgins says:

    Hey Rach
    I love your show. I have gotten some really great ideas. Your down to earth spirit is refreshing to watch. My mother n law is a great cook and we are looking forward to being a part of your studio audience in the near future. We really enjoy watching.
    Heather,New Jersey

  11. Sondra Ciecorka says:

    I am from upstate New York, just outside of Binghamton, currently living in Atlanta. I wanted to tell you how much you remind me of home. You have a wonderful upbeat personality and you are adorable. I’ve enjoyed your shows and your magazine. I went to school at the age of 46 to get my culinary degree because of shows like yours and Emeril’s. Thank you for all that you contribute to the culinary industry. I hope you are inspired for many years to come.

  12. Fuad says:

    Hey rach
    Iam from Bizerta(Tunisia)I hope that u know my country it’s in north of africa near of Italy.I want just to say that u have the most beautifull smile I did ever seen. I am your n°1 fan in africa.Ihope that i will meet someday.

  13. Deborah says:

    Hey Rach!

    Thank you for such a great daytime talk show- I am a stay at home mom- I stopped watching daytime television due to the same boring outdated shows and soaps- but then your show premired~ it was like a breath of fresh air- I now enjoy your show and have been everyday since it started- Sadly they are talking about cancellation??? Are they serious? Who can I address my concerns to about this-
    Your smile adds to my day and I look foward to it and your recipes everyday.

    Please say it isn’t so !!!
    Love you

  14. Zahra says:

    Hi Rachael,
    It’s Zahra again (the girl who’s campaigning for Wildfire), just a few things I forgot to mention to you….
    1) The link to the official forum for the show,
    ABCFamily.com/Wildfire, click on “forum”.
    2) ABC Family is trying to discourage us from saving the show by deleting ALL of our campaign posts without an explaination.
    3) The show is now put on hold for the next 6 weeks because it was replaced by a DUMB show called, America’s Prom Queen.
    4) The show comes back on April 28th for the remaining 4 episodes. By that time, we need more viewers (in the 10s of MILLIONs range) to tune in.
    5) Us fans are trying to get other networks to pick up the show.
    6) If you’re interested in knowing, my screen name on the forum is, love4wildfire.

    Again, I hope you could find it in your heart to help us out Rachael. We’re desperate to have a person like you on our side. Thank you again for reading my message. Have a great day.

  15. Larry Gilmore says:

    Love yor show on food network, dont get to watch your day time show that much. I have been a fan for a long time and my mom loved your show to. I even named my little girl after you to. Rachael Ann. Keep smiling and cooking. Larry Gilmore Houston Texas

  16. Now that looks like a good time. Wish it was that warm in the Midwest! :)

  17. Elizabeth Wheeler says:

    Hi Rachael,
    I read in a local newspaper columb that Robert Urvine from “Misson Impossible” was being “canned” by Food Network because some of the references he gave when he was hired. Is this true? If it is, could you do anything to support him staying on? I really like Robert. At first he caame of as too tough, By he has shown real heart in some of the episodes of Mission Impossible. I’d hate to see him go. I tried to write him at Food Network, But he is not listed as one of the celebrity chefs. Maybe with your soaring popularity, he could benefit by you chapioning his cause.
    A loyal Food Network fan,

    Elizabeth Wheeler

  18. Janet says:

    Hello Rachael,
    This is the very first time I have ever written to a celeb! Here goes, I watch you faithfully, I can only dream of going the places you have been and tasting the great foods all over. I have a dilema. My husband is Italian, (thats not the problem) I love to try your Italian dishes, my husband wants me to make Zepoles, and I have tried, really I have but they never turn out right, so he says, I have never had them. If you had the chance to help me, that would make my day!!! I want to say, thank you for being you.
    Janet Bosser
    Fort Wayne In.

  19. Devica says:

    Hi Rachael,
    Just wanna say that i love your show, you are soooo funny, so free sprited, so full of love & so original, i also love your cooking and great ideas. I also notice that you love spicy food try some curries :-) i can send you some tips on curry making as i am an indian woman, wish you could come to south africa so my dream of meeting you could come true.Hey you keep on giving that pretty smile of yours gal. Devica Boodhoo, south africa, Durban

  20. Lynda says:

    Hi Rachael,

    Just wanted to tell you if you ever do a “everyone has a twin” show, yours would have to be a girl on the biggest loser named Brittany she looks just like you.

  21. Kimberlee says:

    Hi Rach!
    I am a huge fan and was reading through your recent blog and comments. I was a bit shocked to read that there were rumors of your show cancelling…What a tragic mistake the network would be making. I have not missed one day of your new show since it started. (Thank god for Tivo!) :)
    I found a link to dispell the rumors for any future visitors here on this site…

    Now we can rest easy knowing you aren’t going anywhere. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to so so many people. Say hi to Isaboo for us!
    Kimberlee in Snowflake, Az.

  22. sarah says:

    rachael, i absolutely love you. i am watching 30min meals right now, and just got done watching you on the E channel on THS, but anyways i was wondering how do you stay in shape, you look so good.. so what are your tips

  23. Debi says:

    Hi Rachael ~

    My Daddy passed away yesterday after being very sick for nearly a year- I wanted to tell you he loved you – not a lot of things made him smile after his stroke – but if you came on he smiled and was happy to watch your show- so thank you Rach for giving my dad a smile – He always wanted to go see your daytime show- but he never made it.

    Love and Thanks

  24. Marisa says:

    Hi Rach

    Greetings from a very sunny South Africa. My girls (10 year old twins) and I love watching your show, infact it’s on right now!
    I have the best time teaching Cyan and Ashlin how to cook and try and have as much fun with them in the kitchen as I possibly can! Your great recipes makes it that much easier for me to keep them interested, thanks for adding so much light into our lives!
    “Yum-O” is our new catch phrase and even my hubby, who has never seen your show (he’s at work when it airs here), uses it – OFTEN!

    Must go, LL Cool J is in your kitchen – and he’s fine!!!

  25. Kris Sandin says:

    The only thing more interesting than your food is you.
    Im not a fattie but i do appreciate a good meal. I find you extremely sexy and I will use you as a rolemodel for my list girl (a list of qualities I want in a woman, since you are married) unless things work out between me and Martha Stewart LOL!

  26. shya says:

    hey rach,
    you know i really love your show….i really love the way you smile,the way you talk and specially the way you cook….
    keep it up!!!!keep on rockin rach…
    YUM O!!!!


  27. rick mccomb says:

    o rachael, hope u see this, i am so in love with u, i would love to meet u in person! hoping someday i can fly to new york to be on your tv show meet u lunch with u maybe after show we could go have a soda or something!

  28. sara says:

    how are you doing, how is your dog and john
    we all love you

  29. Brianna says:

    Hi Rachel. I watch your show every day and I was wondering if you could make a polish dish alot of people don’t so it would mean alot if you would please do it on the 31st of March I’m off of school and I would like to watch it if you would do it.Also can you say a shout out to Lynda Forenski(my mommom) this is for her.

    Love Brianna
    (9 yrs old)

  30. Jean Larremore says:

    Actually this is about one of your shows that I recently saw and do not know how to find the right responding point. I watched the show of the animal shelter that burned down and was devistated by it. Recently a friend of mine lost his dog of 12 years and another friend posted this poem. I thought it would be good to pass it on:

    The Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
    that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
    Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
    just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
    they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together,
    but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
    His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
    flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
    you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
    The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
    and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
    so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author Unknown

  31. Dawn says:

    I read a reply that indicates your daytime show might be cancelled? I hope not! I guess I am not up on the latest but we don’t get cable because of expenses and I love to finally see you on tv. When I would visit those who have cable I tried to watch when you were on but the tv show is great with all the variety. Just today learning about the green ways to save (especially the umbrella) and the new type of cart along with the recipe and all. What could even come close to replacing you? Please say it isn’t true.
    Thanks for your spirit, recipes and making cooking fun.

  32. Eva says:

    Just wanted to say Thank you. This past Febuary our Grandson Brian was on your President’s day show. He was thrilled. That day the recipe for the day was Swedish Meatballs with egg noodles. Well, what should I tell you that a couple of days after the show Brian along with his Dad made them for their dinner. Brian’s Brother and Mother along with us his grandparents just wanted to tell you it was DELISH.

    Keep up the good work. You are Charming.

    Thanks Again,

    Brian’s Grandparents Eva and Jerry.

  33. Marikha says:

    Rach honey,
    Try running the garlic over the micro shedder, (not the thin one but the wide one) with the skins still on, the garlic goes through but the skins don’t!!! It’s uber kewl!

  34. Cherie from Canada says:

    Hey Rach! Just wanna let you know that this is my first time on your website and I truly LOVE IT!! So much great information!! I’ve just started watching your show (I recently have alot more time on my hands)and I must say I’m so very impressed and will continue to watch. Your show has EVERYTHING!!! As a mother of 3 boys(4 if you count the biggest one-lol)I’ve gotten some awesome recipes that I can hardly wait to try out on them.

    Keep smiling :)

  35. lydia {jade} says:

    HEY!!! RACH
    [10 YEARS OLD]

  36. BRENDA says:

    I love watching your show everying morning here in canada you are such a wonderful person you are always smiling.And I love your cooking segment,the food looks delicious.LOVE YOUR SHOW SAYS BRENDA.

  37. Kristi says:

    Hi Rach,
    I just wanted to let you know that the color I hate most is ORANGE! I would love to buy some of your products, but just can’t get myself to purchase ORANGE anything for my kitchen. I know that in color psychology ORANGE makes you feel hungry. I just wanted to suggest maybe offering your products in another color choice, like maybe a vibrant blue, which is the color compliment to your favorite color ORANGE! Or maybe a neutral color like beige or black, for people who have high end kitchens and don’t want that splash of obtrusive color. I bet I’m not the only person who feels this way, your company should do some market research! – Las Vegas, NV

  38. I love this idea – “Kidz Kitchen Cookoff” – this would make a great fund raiser event for schools (who we all know are in dire need of extra funding!) And just think what could happen if a few fabulous and famous chefs joined like you did to pair with the kids! I have not seen this done yet and it would be great to get some new ideas out to charities and fund raising committees.

    Thanks for always inspiring us!

  39. Gigi says:

    Hey Rach ~ since you’re the Queen of EVOO ~ did you know the Skin/Hair/Nail benefits of it..??…..in my search of natural remedies for misc. things ~ came across this website (http://www.oliveoilsource.com/oliveoildr-skin.htm) ~ you might want to share it with the other girls who are your AVID watchers ~ perhaps come out on stage dripping of Olive Oil ~ or have one of those turnstyle stages with you in the bath..??..~~~:-)))00~ it would be funny ~ but seriously ~ it is SO good for you ~ inside & OUT!!

    Keep it goin’ lady!!

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  41. Rosa says:

    Dear Racheal

    Iam writing to you just to let you know that i had a Sister that you was her Idol, she was the one that got murred by her fiance and he murred her dauthers x boyfreiend. Anyway i am just letting you know that i will never stop looking at your program. I was always waiting for her to call me and ask me did you see the Racheal Ray show, if she did not see you at 10:00 a.m. she will watch you at 3:00 p.m.and i will still watch it especially for her. thank you for being in her life..

  42. doaa says:

    hi racheal

    i am doaa i love your show very much
    i watch it every day and you are very good
    cooker i learn from you many things
    thank you

  43. sherri says:

    we just love rachaels charisma…she lights up any room ..actually every 2miles with her smile…she is beautiful inside and out and i wish you the best rach….you are a one of a kind….

  44. Kelly Vella says:

    Hi Racheal,
    I have found a restaurant called EVOO.
    It is in Somerville, MA. I was wondering if you have had a chance to check it out?

    I’m a big fan keep smiling.

  45. I love this pic she and the child look very happy

  46. Irukshi says:

    hi rachael!

  47. meagan says:

    i wish i cood have saw u. i no u’d have been great with the kids! have a great day. thats kinda weird to say but have a great 88,8888 days. see ya…… well u no what i mean

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