Ray back for seconds at Food Net


Rachael Ray has inked a new two-year deal with Food Network.

Under the pact, she will front a new primetime series, "Rachael's Vacation." She also will continue to host the network's "30 Minute Meals," doing 60 episodes a year, down from the current 80.

"Vacation," which will premiere Jan. 12, is a travel series that chronicles Ray's vacation trips to international cities where she explores foods and lifestyles, visiting everything from street festivals to farmer's markets to shoe shops.

"Rachael is the quintessential example of the homegrown stars we create at Food Network," Food Network president Brooke Johnson said. "She has been with us since 2001, and we have built a strong partnership that will continue for years to come and bring more new and exciting projects."

Ray, who got her start with "30 Minute Meals" in 2001, also landed a two-year renewal for her daytime syndicated talk show this year.

With the new deal at Food Network, Ray has emerged as the cable network's biggest star, following the net's recent cancellation of Emeril Lagasse's long-running series "Emeril Live." Lagasse remains under a development deal at the network and is hosting "The Essence of Emeril."