Sandra Lee was seen packing on the PDA with fiancé Ben Youcef on the balcony of of their Lake Como villa this weekend, on a romantic getaway meant to ring in the TV chef’s 56th birthday.
The former Food Network star and her shirtless beau put on an amorous display during the love-fest early Saturday, with the 43-year-old actor pictured passionately kissing Lee’s neck while holding her close.
It was the latest exhibit of love from the happy couple, who have been unable to keep their hands off of each other since Youcef proposed to Lee last August.
Lee dated disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for 14 years before shacking up with Youcef, who has starred.
For the past week, the pair have embarked on a steamy summer holiday at Lee’s Villa d’Este property.
Sandra Lee was seen packing on the PDA with fiancé Ben Youcef on the balcony of of their Lake Como villa this weekend, on a romantic getaway meant to ring in the TV chef’s 56th birthday
The former Food Network star and her shirtless beau put on an amorous display during the love-fest early Saturday
The 43-year-old Algerian actor – who emerged from the villa only in his underwear – was pictured passionately kissing The TV chef’s neck while holding her close
Photos showed the pair getting particularly handsy Saturday, on The Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee star’s balcony.
Lee donned a black night gown and enjoyed a mug of some sort of breakfast drink during the excursion, walking out onto the wooden terrace alone before being joined by her hubby-to-be.
Youcef, meanwhile, emerged from the villa shirtless, in his underwear, grabbing his future wife from behind in a warm embrace.
Lee looked to enjoy the encounter, craning her neck as she welcomed her beau’s advances.
Enjoying a mug of some sort of breakfast drink, Lee donned a black night gown during the excursion, which saw the TV chef first walk out onto the wooden terrace alone, before being joined by her hubby-to-be
Lee donned a black night gown and enjoyed a mug of some sort of breakfast drink during the excursion, walking out onto the wooden terrace alone before being joined by her hubby-to-be
Youcef, meanwhile, emerged from the villa shirtless, in his underwear, grabbing his future wife from behind in a warm embrace
Lee looked to enjoy being caressed, and craned her neck as she welcomed her beau’s advances
The pair shared a passionate smooch in front of photographers who captured the early-morning love-fest
The happy couple have been unable to keep their hands off of each other since Youcef proposed to Lee last August
The couple went on to share a passionate smooch in full view of a DailyMail.com photographer, while continuing to clasp each other.
The pair proceeded to playfully converse on the balcony, before retiring back into the sprawling home.
Earlier this week, Lee was spotted sharing a kiss with the actor – who hails from Algeria and has starred in films like The Algerian and X-Men Apocalypse – after leaving the villa in a vintage 1956 Porscher Speedster.
According to People, friends of the couple are known to affectionately refer to the pair as ‘Bendra.’
The couple resides in Malibu, with Lee taking up residence there after splitting with Como in 2019, when the then-New York governor found himself at the center of a heated sex scandal.
The pair proceeded to playfully converse on the balcony, before retiring back into the sprawling home
According to People, friends of the couple – who live in Malibu and have been engaged for 11 months – are known to affectionately refer to the pair as ‘Bendra’
The pair flew to Lee’s Lake Como Villa last week to celebrate the TV chef – who dated disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for 14 years before splitting in 2019 – her turning 56 on Sunday
The pair flaunted their relationship for all the world to see during the steamy encounter
Last week, they flew to Lee’s Lake Como Villa to celebrate her turning 56 on Sunday.
She gushed about the birthday celebrations with her 11-month fiancé on a post to Instagram.
‘Romantic Sunset cruise on Lake Como pre-party with my Ben,’ she captioned a photo of herself passionately kissing Youcef… so romantic and special for my birthday!! Happy birthday everyone- may your kisses be filled with love and passion. Loving 56 so far! So grateful…Xoxo Sandy.’
On Saturday, she posted a photo of herself passionately kissing Youcef on a balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespearian romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
‘So lots to share from today on!! ‘ she wrote. ‘First and most importantly I am making my years count instead of counting the years. Yesterday my Pre-birthday day, a Magical day in Verona was spent at Juliet’s balcony (the Romeo and Juliet balcony) with my Ben.
Earlier this week, Lee was spotted sharing a kiss with the actor – who hails from Algeria and has starred in films like The Algerian and X-Men Apocalypse – after leaving the villa in a vintage 1956 Porscher Speedster
LADIES FIRST: The Algerian-born actor opened up the door to the driver’s seat of the vintage Porsche like a true gentleman
WHEN’S THE WEDDING: The couple looked as if they had just gotten married, with Lee wearing a white, laced outfit and Youcef wearing a blazer
Lee was spotted earlier in the week wearing a daring see-through white dress as she celebrated her birthday with a romantic cruise around Lake Como in Northern Italy with her fiancé Youcef
The happy couple was spotted kissing passionately while vacationing in Lake Como
They couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they smooched in a boat while taking a spin around Lake Como on Sunday
The couple gazed into each other’s eyes as they sailed around the lake in Italy on Sunday
Lee and Youcef held hands as they strolled aroundVilla d’Este over the weekend
They both wore white and looked relaxed as they went for a walk in Northern Italy
The happy couple held hands and smooched as they enjoyed their holiday in Italy
‘After this past year of health struggles, I know that life is too short not celebrate every single chance I can get. So looking forward to Ben’s next surprise! Yay Birthdays, what a gift they are!! Xo Sandy’.
Earlier this year, Lee opened up about undergoing a hysterectomy, saying at the time that the surgery was a ‘bit rough’ and she had a ‘long road of recovery ahead.’
Lee, who turned 56 on Sunday, took to Instagram to gush about the man by her side
‘Romantic Sunset cruise on Lake Como pre-party with my Ben,’ she captioned a photo of herself passionately kissing Youcef’
On Saturday, she posted a photo of herself kissing Youcef on a balcony in Verona
Lee’s ex, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was by her side when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2015
She has praised him for being incredibly supportive during her cancer battle and subsequent reconstructive surgeries, although they split up in 2019, leaving Lee heartbroken.
Lee developed an infection from her double mastectomy and was rushed to the hospital in August 215.
‘I did my very best to avoid this (when I tell you I did everything, I mean everything – modern, Eastern and holistic) but infection is an incredible monster,’ she wrote in a Facebook message to fans at the time.
‘I am a long way from where I was and a long way from where I need to be, but at this point I understand that right now I just need to complete this unexpected phase of a tough journey.’
Lee started her reconstructive surgeries in 2016, and it took four years for them to be completed due to complications.
‘It’s a really intense thing, having that operation,’ she told People in June 2016. ‘Being put out, it’s lights out. You go, ‘Oh God, please sweet Lord, take care of me while I’m here.”
They couple shared a passionate kiss as they spent time in Northern Italy on Sunday
Youcef steals a kiss from Lee as they walk around the in Lake Como at Villa d’Este
The two strolled cobblestone streets while enjoying the sights of the area – and each other – as they celebrated Lee’s 56th birthday on Sunday
The couple shares an intense moment while in Northern Italy over the weekend
Lee — who was dubbed ‘First Girlfriend’ while she was with Cuomo — kept a low profile during most of his first two terms as governor, but she emerged as an advocate for cancer screening after her own diagnosis.
‘Early diagnosis just gives you the opportunity to be the most aggressive that you can be,’ she told People in 2018. ‘It’s the best treatment.’
Lee also opened up about her cancer diagnosis in the 2018 HBO documentary ‘RX: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee.’
She moved to Malibu after she and Cuomo split in September 2019. They dated for 14 years and lived together, but they never got engaged in their decade and a half as a couple.
Cuomo was by her side when she underwent a double mastectomy in 2015 and started reconstructive surgery a year later
Lee, pictured with her ex, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015
Lee and Youcef are believed to have met at a charity event in Santa Monica back in March 2021, with him making the first move.
He is a father to five-year-old twins with his soon-to-be ex-wife, California-based realtor Apryl Stephenson.
Though the pair are still legally married, they separated in 2019 and they filed for divorce in January 2020.
Youcef proposed to Lee in August during their whirlwind trip to France that coincided with the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Cuomo.
‘Ben really wanted to distract Sandra from all the news, so he whisked her away to Paris,’ an unnamed source close to Youcef told the New York Post.
‘He knows how hard this has been on her and he wants to make sure she feels loved and supported.’
The source added: ‘Ben is incredibly protective of Sandra. They’re soulmates and head-over-heels in love.’
Cuomo, 64, resigned from office in August after investigators working for New York Attorney General Letitia James authored a report concluding he had sexually harassed 11 women.
Lee, meanwhile, couldn’t be happier with Youcef, whom she praised in a gushing Valentine’s Day post last month. She shared a carousel of photos of them together, including snapshots of them kissing.
Lee’s fiancé, Ben Youcef, was by her side when she underwent the procedure to remove her uterus
Lee moved to Malibu after she and Cuomo split in September 2019, and she met Youcef nearly two years later in March 2021
‘So this happened! Ben happened! Love happened! Happiness happened!’ she wrote. ‘I was certain it never would again. I was shocked when it did. I swore I would never fall again, trust again, love again or open myself up again.
‘On our one year anniversary I shall share the story of how we met but until then, my wish for you is that no matter where you are, how old you are or what has happened, you can welcome hope back into your life again.’