LAKE GEORGE I sat in the Lake George High School library, awaiting the arrival of celebrity talk-show host Rachael Ray who was offering media interviews prior to her annual local benefit show April 12 .
The celebrity chef entered the room, and without turning around, I immediately recognized her voice I had heard so many times before, only this time I was hearing it organically without speakers or radio frequencies.
There were many questions I sought to ask Rachael Ray about her hit television shows, her best-selling cookbooks, her extensive charity work; but I was most interested in relating to her as the girl once voted “Most Creative” at Lake George High — the girl from the Adirondacks that grew up to take over the world, one recipe at a time.
First off, I admitted to her that I was doing my best not to jump up and down like a school girl, and she responded to my frank admission with cool assurance.
AJ: You were voted “Most Creative” in high school — was this a factor in launching your career?
RR: “Was I really? I don’t even remember that, but all right, good for me!” —(laughs).
AJ: What were some of your early creative talents, and how do you get to use them now?
RR: “I loved to draw; I loved to write. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were my favorite teachers (at Lake George Elementary). My homeroom was the art studio. I liked the Wilsons so much I’d find any reason to hang out with them. We didn’t have jewelry-making and photography and all that, but I used to like to draw and paint. Now, I doodle a bit, but I don’t draw as much as I’d like to.
“And, I love photography. I make picture-books all the time I’m obsessed with iBooks. My dog gets her own book. Every year she loves to go apple picking, And she thinks all the apples are juicy balls and I take the same pictures every year at Hicks Apple Orchard and their corn maze, as well as the Adirondack Balloon Festival. My husband John and I make books of our travels, and it’s funny, no one in my family likes having their picture taken, most especially me. because it’s part of my job. But when we travel, I think we’re the only people in the world that have travel books with several hundred pictures each and with no pictures of any one we know.”