Sandra Lee took a pale pink approach to the red carpet for the Emmy Awards Sunday night, her first public appearance since undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
The celebrity chef and longtime partner of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo underwent a double mastectomy this past May. Complications from the surgery continued to keep her out of the public spotlight.
The 49-year-old Food Network star attended the awards in Los Angeles wearing a pale pink gown with a plunging neckline.
Later, she broke her silence about her ordeal in a Facebook post in which she thanked fans for their support and explained why she hadn't spoken out sooner.
“I needed a minute. The last infection threw me a bit and I decided to focus and redirect all my energies internally," she wrote. "I physically and emotionally just needed to be silent and still while I healed."
“This has been an unreal chain of events in my life. I am still stunned, still digesting and still processing everything that has taken place this past year.”
Lee also promised a few good surprises "coming up very soon" for her supporters.
Lee, who has been with Cuomo for 10 years, first made a name for herself through her Food Network show, "Semi-Homemade Cooking," which premiered in 2003.
Her second series, "Sandra's Money Saving Meals," followed in 2009. Lee also has written 25 books, including cookbooks for kids and a memoir.