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Sandra Lee is known as an American television food personality and author. She is most famous for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking style.


Sandra Lee Christiansen was born on July 3, 1966 in Santa Monica, California. She was born to guardians Vicky and Wayne Christiansen. She had a harsh adolescence and after a beating by her mom, she moved in with her beau, Duane. Afterward, she lived with her father and his better half subsequent to moving to Wisconsin. She has two more youthful sisters, Kimber Lee and Cynthia and two more youthful brothers, John Paul Christiansen and Rich Christiansen.

Lee finished her education from Onalaska High School in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Afterward, she went to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She then went to the Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Partner and Ex-Husband

Sandra Lee was once married to KB Home CEO and charity donor, Bruce Karatz. The marriage kept going on six years from 2001 to 2007. She is now in a relationship with politician Andrew Cuomo. They started dating in the fall of 2005. She doesn't have children from any of her relationships.

Medical Issues

Sandra was determined to have beginning stage breast cancer growth during 2015. She has been cancer free since 2016 after a tough battle with her condition. She did not like the set back derail her rising career.

Career as a Chef

Lee at first made a home-finishing tool called 'Sandra Lee Kraft Kurtains'. Next, she was hired by the home-shopping system QVC. Her show, 'Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee' debuted in 2003 on the Food Network. Lee is additionally a fruitful and successful author. She has released 25 books which include 'Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: Cool Kids Cooking' and 'Made From Scratch'. Lee additionally has two credits as a producer and 1 credit as a writer. Lee's cookbook 'Semi-Homemade Cooking' got mixed feedback after the book got various analyses from people in general and food commentators. Some of the food critics felt that her recipes did not go far enough in teaching people the foundation of her style. Various media appearances, her formula and TV series have been associated with discussions throughout the years.

Lee won the Daytime Emmy Award in the class of Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host for Semi-Homemade Cooking in 2012. She was additionally designated for the same honor in 2009. She has kept her name strong in the cooking world and continues to contribute to the industry with her programs.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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