Rachael Ray explains why she won't call herself a 'chef'

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Why Rachael Ray Won't Call Herself A Chef

By Ryan Buxton, Senior Editor, HuffPost Live

Rachael Ray is many things -- a lover of food, a talk show host, the author of the new book Everyone Is Italian On Sunday -- but "chef" isn't one of them.

During a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, the brain behind "30 Minute Meals" explained why she prefers the term "cook" and considers it "disrespectful" to call herself a chef.

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(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Food Network host and best-selling author Rachael Ray was married to John Cusimano on September 24, 2005. Rachael and John celebrated their nuptials surrounded by family and friends in Italy, just outside of Montalcino, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. *Exclusive Coverage* (Photo by Mark Daniels for Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: John M.Cusimano and TV personality Rachael Ray attend the 2014 Food Bank Of New York City Can Do Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Rachael Ray and husband John Cusimano attends KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Grand Tasting Village on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Rachael Ray and husband John Cusimano attends KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Grand Tasting Village on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: In this handout photo provided by 'The Rachael Ray Show,' Rachael Ray (C) and husband John Cusimano (R) are seen in costume with Guy Fieri, who dressed up as another famous chef, Mario Batali during 'The Rachael Ray Show' pirate-themed Halloween show. During the show, they cook up tons of tasty Halloween-themed dishes and try their hand at some spooky science experiments. (Photo by The Rachael Ray Show via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) John M. Cusimano, Rachael Ray, and Michael Symon attend Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Beachside at The Ritz Carlton on February 21, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 16: John Cusimano (L) and Rachael Ray attend at Rachael Ray's Feedback Party at Stubbs Bar-B-Que on March 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 16: Rachael Ray (L) and John Cusimano of The Cringe greet the audience at Rachael Ray's Feedback Party at Stubbs Bar-B-Que on March 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: John M. Cusimano and TV Personality Rachael Ray attends the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Husband John Cusimano and television personality Rachael Ray attends Rachael Ray's Burger Bash during the 2009 South Beach Wine and Food Festival at The Ritz Carlton on February 19, 2009 in South Beach, Florida (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: TV personality/chef Rachael Ray and John Cusimano attend 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' 2008 Benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on November 5, 2008 in New York City. This event raised over $4 million for Parkinson's disease research. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for The Michael J Fox Foundation)
John Cusimano and Rachael Ray (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
Rachael Ray and husband John Cusimano during Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2006 - Inside Arrivals at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Rachael Ray and John Cusimano during National Launch of Every Day With Rachael Ray at Cafe St. Barths in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Kempin/FilmMagic)
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