If you’re a fan of food and cooking, chances are you know the name Rachael Ray.

From starting off working in retail to becoming a thriving entrepreneur, Ray is a woman who has worn many hats in her lifetime. She’s really a Jill of All Trades if you look at the whole scope of her career. You name it and chances are she’s already had success at it.

Whether she’s writing a cookbook full of mouthwatering recipes or filming a segment for Rachael Ray, she always is looking to the next culinary adventure to tackle next. We’ve rounded up how Ray got her start and how she became the success she is in today’s foodie world.

Check out her inspiring journey, below.