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Ray's collaboration with the popular meal preparation company might come as a shock to viewers, but the author felt as though it was a step in the right direction after watching them increase in popularity.
"People have asked me for many, many, like seriously many years, what I think of in general, and I said, 'I like anything that gets you into the kitchen,'" the businesswoman exclusively tells OK!. "I think that's terrific. It's an odd answer because it kind of puts me out of business because who wants a 30-minute meal if they're getting everything in a kit."
While some Home Chef users might be intimidated by the thought of preparing their own plates, Ray stresses that food is meant to be enjoyed.
"All I want people to do is take more ownership of the opportunity for fun and adventure and feeling good about themselves and their families and their food," the host shares. "Home Chef specifically wanted my food, which I thought was flattering and sweet. So, why not give it a shot and we'll see how people like it?"
With years of experience under her belt, Ray has successfully written 28 cookbooks and continues to come up with ideas, which is why it was nearly impossible for the entrepreneur to pick a favorite dish — but there are a few culinary genres that she can't go without.
"I will literally eat anything. I love Thai food, Japanese food and Chinese food. I like food; I like to learn about it," Ray shares. "I like to be educated about it. I like to learn the different techniques that go into making it, but I enjoy the adventure that food is. I don't think you should be locked into one thing."
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