Rachael Ray Q

(Editor's Note: Taylor Hughes, a junior at Warrensburg High School, was invited by Denton Publications to interview celebrity cook and television personality Rachael Ray April 15 during her annual visit to Lake George High School, her alma mater. Hughes is the editor of Warrensburg High School's "Burgher Times.")

Rachael Ray looked beautiful, casual, and uniquely Rachael before her show at Lake George High School on Friday, April 15. For a short time before the show, she granted separate short interviews, including one with this reporter, in the school library. In front of television cameras, she spoke of the hard working family that raised her, and her teen years working for various restaurants in the Lake George/Glens Falls area.

She said her career was built on "luck and circumstance" and that the people who watch her show and read her books are her bosses.

"I didn't work any harder than anyone else in my family," she said.

After a mention of her "obsession" with bacon and other products from Oscar's Smoke House of Warrensburg, she stood to answer questions I posed on behalf of the Adirondack Journal and Denton Publications.

Q: What was your reaction when Oscar's Smoke House burned down?

A: Obviously I was sad. I've been going there all my life, and I'm just glad that now it's back and bigger than ever, although I don't think it could ever really be better.

Q: Where is your favorite place to go when you come to the Adirondacks?

A: My house. It's nice to come back in the summer. I'm not home a lot and I like to be able to cook in my own kitchen. I also like to visit the Montcalm Restaurant; I like their roast half chicken and green beans, and the brownies.

Q: What's the most unusual gift you've ever been given?

A: Well, I have these young boyfriends who always attend my show in Lake George and bring me flower bouquets. It's so sweet.

Q: What's it like to be back in the Adirondacks?

A: It's nice. I only do this once a year, and I always look forward to it. This show in Lake George is a great opportunity for me to see what works with an audience and what's doesn't. I truly enjoy it - all these people come here not to learn how to cook, but for a conversation.

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