Pretty in pink: Sandra Lee is radiant at Emmys in first public appearance since mastectomy

/ Source: TODAY

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.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Sandra Lee arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)Danny Moloshok / AP

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.

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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."

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“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.