30 Minute Meals
- 29 Seasons
30 Minute Meals is a cooking program hosted by Rachael Ray on the Food Network. In each episode, Rachael teaches viewers how to prepare a meal or variety of dishes in exactly 30 minutes. Rachael first discusses what she is going to prepare and then begins to collect the necessary ingredients from the refrigerator and pantry. This gives the appearance that the meal is truly prepared (i.e., there is no pre-work done by network interns) in the 30-minute time slot. Rachael does not have formal culinary training, but she was raised by restaurateurs and worked in her parents' restaurants when she was young. Later food related occupations included managing a pub and being a buyer for a gourmet market. It was at the gourmet market that Rachael conceived the concept of teaching folks how to cook wholesome, delicious meals in 30 minutes or less. Rachael is also a successful cookbook author and has won several Daytime Emmy awards. The food Rachael prepares for the program is inspired by her Italian roots. She mentions her mother and grandfather and their cooking styles frequently on the show. The recipes prepared are intended to be simple enough to be tackled by the everyday home cook. Rachael incorporates ingredients available at viewers' local grocery stores and farmers markets. She even provides tips on how to care for and prepare fresh food and herbs after returning from the market. At the end of each episode Rachael plates the food she has created. She then indulges in tasting what she has prepared and explains the experience to the viewing audience. She always reminds the audience that a tasty and healthy meal is never more than 30 minutes away.