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Rachael Ray talks of life in Adirondacks, offers advice to youth

Minutes prior to Rachel Ray’s benefit show in Lake George High School April 12, the celebrity chef and famed talk show host  (left) responds to a question posed by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark (right) in the school library.

Minutes prior to Rachel Ray’s benefit show in Lake George High School April 12, the celebrity chef and famed talk show host (left) responds to a question posed by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark (right) in the school library. Photo by Thom Randall.

AJ: What kind of business ventures would you like to pursue in the future?

RR: “You know I’ve wanted for years to open my own slider bar/burger bar in New York City but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have a very full, happy life and what ever time off I get, I am really happy being home (in Luzerne) in the woods and cooking. My husband has a little studio, more like a big music studio over the garage now and we put up sound-proofing so he can just stay in there all day and bang the drums and play the guitar — and I can just stay alone in the kitchen. (Her husband, John Cusimano, is lead singer of the rock group The Cringe.) Often, we invite our friends up to eat all the food I cook. I’m happy to kind of do nothing.”

AJ: Any advice for Lake George area students about achieving their dreams?

RR: “Work harder than the next person, don’t complain about it, and you'll always get noticed, no matter what job you’re doing, and you'll find an opportunity occurs that you didn't see coming.

“And have a sense of humor — don't take yourself or your studies or your food too seriously. In life you have to remember it's going to be a mixture of hard work and a certain amount of luck. At the end of the day, the only real choice you have is to laugh or cry.

“You'll get sick, you'll get well, you'll get happy, you'll get sad, you'll maybe get rich, maybe not, but you'll always have a choice: are you going to laugh about it or cry about it? My mom told me that was my grandfather’s advice, and I'll tell it to anybody who will listen — it’s the only true thing I know.”

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