Rachael Ray Guest Stars on Young & Hungry — and Reveals Why She Doesn’t Read Food Blogs

03/09/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

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Rachael Ray is certainly no stranger to TV cameras, but she just embarked on some new territory on the small screen.

“I’ve never been given a script to act before,” the celebrity chef tells PEOPLE of her upcoming guest appearance on Freeform’s hit show Young & Hungry airing Wednesday night.

Even though she’s playing herself (and shot on the set of her actual show), Ray says it didn’t come natural. “It’s really a trip when they want you to act as yourself but you have to say certain lines. It’s very weird, because my show unscripted so I can say whatever I want.”

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While Ray may have felt out of her element, the show’s stars Emily Osment and Aimee Carrero were quite impressed with her chops. “She is the queen of the castle,” Osment told PEOPLE. “She knows exactly what she’s doing; she’s got everybody on a string. I think it is so cool.”

“She’s very much herself. It’s great to be around because there’s a sense of ease when everyone’s just feeling comfortable and being themselves,” Carrero added.

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Though the show centers around Osment as a food blogger, Ray says she doesn’t read blogs herself. “I have five jobs in food, so I know about as much about food as I need to.”

She does, however, turn to more traditional platforms for her recipe ideas. “I’m a voracious reader,” she says. “I still buy cookbooks; I have bajillion of them.”

Other sources of inspiration? Her travels, of course, and even her staff. “The other day I taught a pepper steak burger, and that was the idea of Patty, my hairdresser,” she says.

You can catch Rachael on Wednesday night’s (March 9) episode, airing on the Freeform network at 8 p.m. E.T.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Where are the editors?

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I watch that show on Netflix a little. It’s cute.

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