We don't have cable TV at home, so whenever I had the chance to watch some cable shows, there are only three channels / shows I check: The Animal Planet, Discovery Living and Travel, and Rachael Ray on Lifestyle Network.
One time, the local network Studio 23 aired a few episodes of Rachael Ray, and that's when I started liking her. She's very bubbly, very pleasant to watch, and she makes cooking seem so easy to do. Too bad it was just a limited showing, and I admit her show was a big reason for me to wish we have cable TV, too.
While in Manila during my 14 day holiday with K, TV only had the Animal Planet... but when we went to Iloilo, I was so happy that the cable TV had the Lifestyle Network, and I was so happy that in one or two occasions, I was able to watch Rachael Ray. I wasn't able to watch the full of both episodes, but I am already happy that I was able to watch her cook.
She doesn't claim to be a chef; in one of her interviews, she happily said she is a cook, and I like her for that, because it makes normal people like me feel that good cooking doesn't always mean having a culinary degree. She really is my kind of cook, and I do hope a local network would air her show, even if it's from years back.
*** Jenn ***