Sandra Lee, fiancé Ben Youcef safe from shooting in Prague that left at least 14 dead



Sandra Lee, fiancé Ben Youcef safe from shooting in Prague that left at least 14 dead

TV chef Sandra Lee and her fiancé, Ben Youcef, are safe but rattled after vacationing very close to the fatal school shooting in Prague that claimed at least 14 lives Thursday.

“Thank you for all your questions and concerns,” the former “Semi-Homemade Cooking” host captioned a selfie on Instagram of herself and her beau.

“Ben and I left Prague. We are safe but it’s shocking how fast the world can turn.”

Lee, 57, then revealed that she and Youcef, 44, were “less than 3 blocks from the shooting site.”

“We had so many conversations about how safe Prague is/was. This is just shocking,” she added.

Lee said she and her fiancé are “stunned” and that the incident has reminded her to live life “to its fullest” because it’s “precious.”

Earlier on Thursday, a gunman opened fire at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts building, which is located near Old Town, a popular tourist destination.

The suspect has been identified in local publications as 24-year-old David Kozák. Aside from those killed, 25 others were injured, according to officials.

Less shared that she and Youcef had been vacationing “less than 3 blocks from the shooting site.” Instagram/@sandraleeonline

Prior to the deadly incident, Lee had been raving on social media about her trip to Prague, stating in a post on Instagram Tuesday that she had always wanted to travel there because of her Czech heritage.

“Wow, it certainly is incredible! The City rivals all the greats,” the socialite, who famously dated ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for years, gushed in her caption.

“It is absolute beauty, steeped in great history and sharing all the magic of medieval times. It’s simply WOW! And I simply love it!”

Lee gushed about how “special” Prague is prior to the shooting. Instagram/@sandraleeonline

She also complimented the locals, saying Prague was a “city full of kind, fun people,” alongside photos of some of the sights she saw and a sweet pic of her and Youcef.

Lee then posted one more slideshow ahead of the tragedy, writing on Instagram Wednesday that Prague is “special and most unique” and that she will miss it “so much.”


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The cookbook author’s followers wrote in the comments section that they were “glad” she and her fiancé were not hurt in the shooting.

“Thank goodness you both are safe,” one person wrote. “Such a horrible situation. Prayers for those who lost their loved ones. This world is going upside down.”

Lee said she found the shooting to be “shocking,” noting she was left “stunned.” Instagram/@sandraleeonline

Lee and Youcef have traveled often amid their two-year romance, which began in the summer of 2021.

They have been spotted kissing in St. Tropez in France and later continued their PDA tour in London.

Youcef proposed to Lee in August 2021 in Paris, with a source telling The Post at the time that the lovebirds were “soulmates and head over heels in love.”



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