Rachael Ray Explains Why She Won't Call Herself A Chef

"I'm a pound puppy, not a pedigree."

Rachael Ray is many things -- a lover of food, a talk show host, the author of the new book Everyone Is Italian On Sunday -- but "chef" isn't one of them. During a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, the brain behind "30 Minute Meals" explained why she prefers the term "cook" and considers it "disrespectful" to call herself a chef.

Watch Ray share her take on the word "chef" above, and click here for her full HuffPost Live conversation.

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