Rachael Domenica Ray was born on August 25, 1968 in Glens Falls, New York. Her parents are James Ray and Elsa Scuder. Ray was raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There, her family owned four restaurants. When Ray was eight years old, the family moved to Lake George, New York.
In 1995 Ray moved to New York City. One of her first jobs in New York City was at the candy counter at Macy’s. Later Ray helped open a New York City market. Eventually Ray moved to upstate New York and managed a hotel pub at The Sagamore, a hotel on Lake George. Ray’s position as a buyer at Cowan & Lobel, a gourmet market in Albany, became the turning point in her career.