TV chef Rustie Lee, known for being a pioneer of Caribbean cuisine in the UK, has been declared bankrupt after lawyers spent nearly a ten years chasing her over £75,000 in debt.
The TV-am star, 73, withdrew money from a company she ran with her husband shortly before it went bust in 2013.
A statutory demand for £75,750 was made to Lee and proceedings brought against her, The Sun reports.
They concluded last month at Brighton Crown court and the Birmingham-raised chef was made bankrupt.
Her husband Andreas Hohmann reportedly faces proceedings for a similar amount.
A source said told The Sun: 'Her assets can be sold to raise the money, but we are led to believe she doesn't have any.'
A regular guest on daytime TV shows like ITV's This Morning and Loose Women, Rustie first became a household name in the 1980s.
As a young girl, she came from Jamaica to live with her parents in Birmingham, and worked at her family's Caribbean bakery growing up.
She went on to hone her craft at a culinary college before setting up her restaurant, Rustie's, in Handworth.
The silver service Caribbean restaurant, which hosted the likes of Muhammed Ali, helped the chef to catch the attention of BBC producers.
She first hit British screens on Pebble Mill at One before moving to TV-am, where she made her name on cookery.
Her infectious laugh also helped her get booked onto hosting primetime Saturday night show Game for a Laugh.
She has since taken part in a number of celeb reality shows, including the popular fly-on-the wall documentary the Real Marigold Hotel with seven other celebs in 2017.
She has also made multiple appearances on our screens gracing shows like Good Morning Britain and Loose Women, but her money woes have not been revealed until now.
Lee was contacted for comment.Read more 2023-03-19T02:33:33Z dg43tfdfdgfd