You might be living under a rock if you're not familiar with Rachael Ray. She's a celebrity chef, cookbook author, Food Network personality, and Host of The Rachael Ray Show, just to name a few. She's been an everyday household name for over a decade, with no signs of slowing down. While she gives viewers glimpses into her personal life on her talk show, many people don't know much, if anything about her husband John Cusimano. It turns out John has made quite a name for himself, aside from being Rachael Ray's Husband.
Rachael Ray Thought Her Future Husband Was Gay
Rachael first met John at a mutual friend's party in 2004. Rachael didn't even think to have any romantic feelings towards him because she thought he was gay. She had even planned to set him up with one of her handsome Italian friends. When he assured he that he was not in fact gay, the American pair stayed out until 4am getting to know one another. The two fell in love immediately and got married in September of the fallowing year. The two exchanged their vows in a small ceremony at the Castello di Verona in Italy, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Although the couple doesn't have any children, they have an adorable dog named Bella Boo Blue. Ray's more well-known dog, Isaboo, passed away in May 2020, and she got a puppy a month later. The name Bella Boo Blue is in reference to her first love, Isaboo, along with an acknowledgment of her new pup's beautiful blue eyes.
Who is John Cusimano?
John M. Cusimano was born on August 19, 1967 in Long Island, New York. Like Rachael, he's of Italian descent, with a grandfather from Palermo, Italy, a grandmother from Naples, Italy and another from Catalonia, Spain.
John was a passionate and talented musician, even from a young age. While he was accepted to Berklee College, he decided to fulfill his parents' wishes and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton. After graduating, he attended law school and passed the bar for both New York and New Jersey. He worked as an entertainment lawyer in New York City up until he met Rachael.
John and Rachael married in 2005 in Tuscany, Italy at Tuscany's Castello di Velona.
Rachael Ray's Husband's Many Talents
John Cusimano formed a rock band called The Cringe and is the lead singer and songwriter. They've opened for famous rock bands like Motley Crue, Steel Panther, and Alice Cooper, along with playing in shows organized by bands Steel Panther, New York Dolls and Tesla. The Cringe is extremely popular on social media with over 181,000 Twitter followers. The band has released five albums at this point, Scratch the Surface, Hiding in Plain Sight, Blind Spot, Play Thing, and Tipping.
John is also a talented producer and has dabbled in acting. His most well-known credits include World War Mud, Crashing, and Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai. John also acted as a producer for several TV shows, including Samurai X, E! True Hollywood Story, and Entertainment Tonight. He gives his good housekeeping wife a run for her money!
Perhaps John's most known talent is a master mixologist. He has crafted drinks on the Rachael Ray show and even has a signature drink: the negroni. His mixology skills have poured over into a cookbook as well. His pomegranate margarita recipe and other drinks appear in Rachael Ray's 2012 cookbook, My Year in Meals and My Year in Cocktails. During the pandemic, he served as cameraman, producer, cocktail mixer, and musical guest on Rachael's 30-minute meals segment where she would sometimes produce multiple meals a day with her pit bull Isaboo as their initial audience. He also co-starred with Rachael in Rachael's Tasty Travels, Cake Boss, Rachael's Vacation, and Big Morning Buzz Live.
John Cusimano's Net Worth
John Cusimano's net worth is estimated to be around $10 million, due to his success as a lawyer, singer, musician, actor, film producer, and c0-author. Although this is nothing compared to his wife's net worth of $100 million, no one can deny that Cusimano is successful in his own right.
Rachael Ray and John Cusimano's Valentine's Tradition
The power couple seems to work well together in every way, including Valentine's Day. Each year, John curates a playlist for Rachael with special songs picked just for her. Not to be outdone, Rachael cooks John's favorite meal of pasta carbonara.
Tabloid Rumors Can't Tear Them Apart
Like many celebs, Rachael Ray and her husband haven't escaped cheating rumors. In 2013, rumors swirled that John frequented a swingers club. Ray and her husband don't comment on tabloid rumors.
In 2015, Rachael Ray and John renewed their vows in Tuscany at the same venue where they were married, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Rachael recited a poem to express her love to John, fittingly titled All the Whiskey in Heaven.
Editor's Note: Products featured on Wide Open Eats are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.
This post was originally published on June 22, 2021.