• John M. Cusimano is an American singer and film producer who is married to celebrity chef and TV host Rachel Ray.
• He obtained a BA in Law from the State University of New York and an MA in Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Yeshiva University.
• He is the lead singer of the band "The Cringe" and has acted in movies and produced the series "Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai".
• He and Rachel Ray wrote the book "My Year in Meals" together.
• His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

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FactLawyer and member of the band, The Cringe.

John M. Cusimano is a popular American singer – the front man of the band called “The Cringe” – and a film producer. However, he is probably more famous for being the husband of Rachel Ray, a super popular TV host, celebrity chef and cookbook author. Let’s find out more about his life, net worth, family, relationship with Rachel, etc.

Early life and family

John M. Cusimano was born on 19 August 1967, on Long Island, New York USA, so under the sign of Leo and holding American nationality. Not much is known about his parents, though he once shared their photo on his Instagram account in which they were snuggling together in a restaurant, which means they are both alive and still live together.

John also mentioned once that his grandfather comes from Palermo, an old city in Sicily, inthe south of Italy, and one of his grandmothers was born in Naples and the other in Catalonia, Spain. When a small kid, John had a good ear and played the piano very well; he also had a big interest in singing. Since his early age, he wanted to perform on stage and to play in a band.

Educational background

Even though his passion for music was strong, John decided to get an education which could gain him a stable income no matter what. So after his matriculation from his local high school in Long Island in 1985, he entered the State University in New York.

In 1989 he graduated from there with a BA in law, and continued his education in Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Yeshiva University in New York City, and in 1994 got an MA in law.


John started his attorney practice in New York and New Jersey. While his career in the field of law was quite successful, he didn’t forget about his dream to perform and to sing, so he created the band called “The Cringe” and started singing and playing the guitar. The band released five albums, and opened the shows of such famous American bands as “New York Dolls”, “Ratt”, “Tesla” and many others.

The Cringe

As a multi-talented person, John also acted in a couple of movies, first in “World War Mud” (1982) which is a fantasy thriller, and later in the series called “Crashing” (2017-2019) in which he played himself. He was also the producer for the series entitled “Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai” (1996 – 1998). The series was quite successful, and had very high ratings.

Personal life, wife Rachel Ray

John is married to Rachel Ray, a celebrity chef and TV host. They met in 2003 and both say that it was love at first sight, though they didn’t believe in such cases until they experienced one themselves. The couple married on 25 September 2005 in a modest ceremony with only close friends and family members invited. They don’t have any kids.

Who is Rachael Ray?

Rachael Ray was born on 25 August 1968, in Glens Falls, New York State USA. Being a very enthusiastic person, she has succeeded in many businesses and the entertainment sphere. During her ongoing career, she became an entrepreneur, actress, TV personality and hostess, celebrity chef and cookbook writer. She is mostly famous for her TV series “Rachael’s Tasty Travels”, “$40 A Day” and “30-Minute Meals”. The main idea of her cooking shows is that one doesn’t need any special knowledge to cook delicious meals; her philosophy is that one should think over the whole recipe in your head, and imagine how it is going to taste, to be able to change the list of ingredients according to the personal taste of the cook.

Rachel has been featured in other reality shows about cooking too, such as “Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off” and “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off”. Since 2006 she has also been managing a non-profit organization called “Yum-O!” which provides food for the poor, vulnerable and refugee families, and also teaches them how to cook nutritious meals from basic and cheap ingredients so even kids will be able to prepare them, and like to eat them.

John Cusimano and Rachael Ray write cookbooks together

Rachael is an experienced cookbook writer; in the list of her best sellers are such book as “The Book of Burger”, “Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats – A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners”, “Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook”, “Comfort Cook” and many others.

John Cusimano helped Rachael to write her book called “My Year in Meals” (launched in 2013), a book of a special format in which Rachael shares not the recipes themselves, but simply states what meal she cooked and ate every day of a year. She outlined her menu during a year, and then published her meal dairy, while John helped her with photography and cocktail mixology list of recipes. In the description of the book Rachael shared that John contributed considerably to her vision of making cocktails, as he ‘felt’ the ingredients the same way as she did, and could revive any basic cocktail recipe with unexpected toppings or additional ingredients no one would even guess to add – and make it right!

So John was responsible for writing the guidelines for cocktails mixology, and the book was a huge success.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

John likes dogs very much; he and Rachael have a dog named Isaboo. They spend a lot of time with her, often share her photos on their Instagram accounts and even bake a cake for her birthdays. As a rocker, John was a friend of Chris Cornell, and was deeply depressed when Chris committed suicide. John was also smashed when Chester Bennington followed their mutual friend and passed away the same way Chris did. John shared his thoughts on his Instagram account, saying those two left too early, and could have done so much good in the world.

Social media presence

John is quite active on several social media platforms. His Instagram account has almost 6,000 subscribers, while his Twitter has around 2,600 readers, but he is not very active on it. It is worth saying that the official Twitter profile of John’s music band, The Cringe, has almost 190,000 readers.

As to Rachael, she is very active on her social media accounts and always shares photos of the meals she’s cooked. Her Instagram has over 770,000 subscribers, and is highly recommended to be watched only if you’re full, as you may have hungry spasms if you see the photos of her dishes with nothing to eat by your side!

Her Twitter is also very popular among her fans, and has over 4.43 million readers. Rachael also has a personal website which promotes her cookbooks, and shares the information about pet adoption, as Rachael is a big enthusiast and encourages her readers and viewers not to buy pets but to take them from shelters, and gift them a new life in a friendly and loving family.

Appearance, clothing style

John has black hair which is half grey already, and a beard and mustache; he has brown eyes. John is 5ft 4ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 138lbs (63kgs). His vital statistics are not available at the moment.

As to his clothing style, as a true rock-star John prefers leather pants, leather jackets, black T-shirts and black boots; his favorite accessory is a stylish scarf which he likes to wear almost all the year round.

Net worth and salary

According to authoritative sources John’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. He’s accumulated such an impressive sum of money working hard as a lawyer, music-band lead singer, actor and film producer, and cookbook co-author. As to his celebrity wife, her net worth is more than ten times bigger, and is estimated to be around $80 million. Being a hardworking TV host, cookbook author and TV-show producer, Rachael is one of the most popular and famous celebrity chefs in the US.


1Brother-in-law of Maria Betar.
2Lawyer and member of the band, The Cringe.
3Son-in-law of Elsa Scuderi.
4Husband of Rachael Ray.




Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai1996TV Series associate producer - English language version


Rachael Ray2006-2017TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Judge
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Cake Boss2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Rachael's Vacation2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Husband
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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