Jill Aker-Ray is a well-regarded Charlotte area TV Chef.  She is a regular contributor to WCNC's (NBC) Charlotte Today show since 2010, has appeared on WBTV Charlotte, Fox 46 Charlotte, Fox 17/Grand Rapids, WOOD/West Michigan, KDFW/Dallas and more.

For tasty recipe ideas and genius life hacks, watch a few of her videos below!


Work With Me!


For several years, Chef Jill has worked with Food Lion as their on-air culinary chef at Charlotte Today on NBC Charlotte. She has coordinated with their PR team on company, store and circular promotions by developing recipes and demonstrating them on-air. Chef Jill also worked for The Fresh Market as a brand ambassador, working in store, as well as on air in the Charlotte, Greensboro and Dallas markets to promote the featured brands and store promotions. She worked with Chefs USA at Harris Teeter, The Fresh Market and Kroger statewide doing in-store cooking demos featuring popular brands and varied companies. Her greatest passion is the regular cooking segments she does at NBC’s Charlotte Today show, WBTV’s Morning Break, Bounce and Morning News in Charlotte and working with Fox 46 Charlotte on occasion. Chef Jill has so much fun, also, being a fun hack/Pinterest specialist to entertain, as well as promote various products and holidays through engaging and interactive segments with the hosts.

Chef Jill would be excited to work with your brand as a culinary or lifestyle expert as a brand ambassador or on media tours to get your word out in a sincere and enthusiastic way with a “non-scripted” feel. Contact Jill directly or work with her favorite TV professionals who can help target your specific markets and use their inside knowledge of broadcast operations and specialize in content to get perfect results:

Allison Andrews                704-488-3438
Amanda Harley               864-263-3271


“Chef Jill has been a member of the Charlotte Today family since the very beginning. She prepares authentic recipes with ease, providing our viewers with tips on making real meals they'll actually make at home and enjoy! Chef Jill is such a delight to have on our show!”

Mary Oakley, Executive Producer, Charlotte Today/WCNC



Cover: What’s for Dinner?

Chef Jill Aker-Ray makes the cover of the Spring 2019 edition of Ballantyne Magazine!

WFXB - FOX TV - Carolina AM 

RECIPE: Sheet Pan Thanksgiving

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares how to simplify your Thanksgiving holiday on Carolina AM!

WFXB - FOX TV - Carolina AM 

RECIPE: Holiday Toffee

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares an easy holiday recipe for toffee on Carolina AM!

WBTV - On Your Side 

RECIPE: Finnish PinWheel Tarts

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares an easy holiday recipe that is beautiful on your cookies table!


WCNC - Charlotte Today 

Recipe: Chef Jill Aker-Ray's Shrimp and Grits

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares her recipe for Shrimp and Grits, which is perfect any time of year!


WCNC - Charlotte Today

Egg Carton Hacks

Chef Jill Aker Ray says "don't throw them away!" these hacks will change your life.

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WBTV - Morning Break

Recipe: Chef Jill Aker-Ray's Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares her recipe for Chicken Corden Bleu on National Chicken Corden Bleu day!

WNCN - Charlotte Today

Tin foil hacks

Jill Aker Ray has some unconventional ways to use this household item






WCNC - Charlotte Today

RECIPES: Salsa three ways

Jill Aker Ray has 3 recipes to get you ready for Cinco de Mayo

WBTV - On Your Side

Recipe: Chef Jill Aker-Ray's Hot Apple Pie Dip

Perfect for the fall and even for Thanksgiving, Chef Jill's Hot Apple Pie Dip is a go-to around the cooler months! It smells good and tastes absolutely delicious. 

WBTV - On Your Side

Recipe: Chef Jill Aker-Ray's Almond Buttercrunch Crackers

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares her recipe for Almond Buttercrunch Crackers. Can you say, "yum?"

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Easy recipes and camping hacks

Learn how to stay organized during your next camping (or glamping!) trip. Plus, Chef Jill Aker-Ray gives folks at home some easy recipes that they can make outdoors!

WBTV - Morning Break

Halloween Tricks

Chef Jill Aker-Ray shares a Bloody Shirley Temple recipe (for adults and kids!) along with a few other Halloween tricks and treats like Monster Delived Eggs and Hot Dog "Fingers."

WCNC - Charlotte Today

Recipes: The triple play turkey mixture will help you make three separate meals with just a few alterations or additions to the blend.

Chef Jill Aker Ray helps you ease into the school year. Try these tasty recipes using a turkey mixture to make three recipes!

FOX 17 - Morning Mix

Recipes: Chef Jill Aker-Ray's Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, Campfire Cone & Glampy Shrimp Scampi

National Camping Month, or any day in the summer, is the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan! When you are ready to rough it in the great outdoors, don't feel forced to eat nothing but hot dogs on a stick and over-charred hamburgers for every meal. Chef Jill Aker-Ray