Famous celebrity chef and cooking show host Rachael Ray has lived an extraordinary life.

In many ways, she and her husband, entertainment lawyer and musician John Cusimano, have had a storybook marriage. Both are fabulously successful people who have found incredible ways to mix business with pleasure and become wealthy doing what they love. Having met at a party and married in Tuscany in 2005, the two certainly appear to live charmed lives.

But even such lives as these are not without their challenges.

The couple discovered this in a rather harrowing way during the summer of 2020 when their beautiful home near Lake Luzerne in New York sadly burned down.


The Roof Is On Fire!

Rachael and John managed the difficulties attendant to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as anyone could. Not being able to film her cooking show in the usual way, Rachel instead filmed from her home. And John, unable to tour with his band, instead became his wife’s guest host and played music on the show to liven up the atmosphere.

Things proceeded this way for some time until, as the summer of 2020 approached, Rachael and John saw a vacation in their future. At one point, John was even able to go golfing with his buddies for the first time in a long time.

As it happened, though, John’s day golfing on August 9 was less than satisfying, and he returned home disappointed.


Rachael, eager to cheer him up, started a fire and prepared some pasta. The couple proceeded to have a romantic dinner.

As they were eating, though, they noticed a nearby man riding around on an ATV. Suddenly, the man hopped off the ATV and ran, waving his arms and screaming, into their yard. The stranger had called 911 and had been frantically trying to warn the couple that the roof of their house was on fire.

Thanks to the stranger’s quick thinking, firefighters soon arrived. John and Rachael, however, tried desperately to salvage as many of their belongings as possible from the blaze. In one especially terrifying moment, Rachael rushed down the stairs and bumped into a firefighter, who screamed at her to evacuate immediately. John, though, was nowhere to be seen.


Luckily, as Rachel raced down the stairs, she met John trying to climb up and grab some of their belongings. In the end, though, all the couple could save was their dog and some clothes. It took the house about one hour to completely burn down and collapse.

The loss was heartbreaking. After all, the couple had put 15 years of work into creating the home, and even more years were spent dreaming about it.

In the end, though, they committed to rebuilding and hope to have their new house completed by the spring of 2021.

This is a story of rebirth and resilience through tragedy that we could all benefit from hearing during these tough times.