If you’ve found yourself with an extra half hour here or there that you’ve been desperately wanting to fill with some sort of activity, Rachael Ray has a solution with the return of her popular Food Network series, 30 Minute Meals. According to an Instagram post Rachael, 50, shared with fans on Friday, January 25, there will be a minimum of 30 new episodes produced, half of which she’s already written the scripts for.
The original show, which ran from 2001 to 2012, was best summed up with Rachael’s introduction to each episode: “Hi there, I’m Rachael Ray and I make 30-minute meals. Now that means in the time it takes you to watch this program, I will have made a delicious and healthy meal from start to finish.” And that’s how you fill those half hours we were talking about!
In announcing the new version, Rachael issued the following statement: “I couldn’t be more excited to bring 30 Minute Meals to a whole new generation of fans. We are rolling deep this time around, proving to everyone that, yes, these are really meals you can cook in 30 minutes or less. And our show will now be part of Food Network’s on-demand offering, so our friends can actually binge-watch their meals.”
Courtney White, President of Food Network, issued a statement of her own, commenting, “Rachael Ray is a culinary firebrand as evidenced by her success across her television shows, magazine, books, live events, philanthropy and all of her businesses. Her time-saving and creative ideas for whipping up delicious meals at home are perfect for the home cook of any level, while her infectious energy and enthusiasm make viewers feel like they are right there cooking along with her in the kitchen.”
The show — which is going to have a digital companion series of some sort with additional cooking tips — will begin airing on April 1, 2019, and, if everything goes the way it’s planned, there will be a new episode for 30 days in a row.