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Happy Birthday, Rachael Ray: Five Ways She Should Ring It In

See also Bourdain, Ray, Fieri's Six Most Obscene and Silly Moments.

Oh my gravy! Today marks the birthday of everyone's favorite uber-perky candy counter chick turned TV personality, Rachael Ray. The woman who Slate once said "may be the world's most reviled chef" is turning the big 4-4.

The New York native, who appropriately dubs herself "a cook, not a chef", is essentially the owner of an empire these days. From 300-thread count cotton sheets to Dunkin Donuts lattes, her endorsement has graced all kinds of questionable products.

But despite her many detractors, she keeps on truckin', sense of humor apparently intact, laughing off critics all the way to the bank.

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Hannah Sentenac covers veg food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal advocacy issues. She is also editor-in-chief of
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