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Rustie Lee

Coming to Britain from Jamaica aged 4 to be reunited with her parents, Rustie grew up in Birmingham,
the UK’s second city.

She went to Handworth Wood Girl School and later to the Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Science from where she graduated with distinction as a Master Baker.

She worked in her Family’s Caribbean Bakery and later set up Rustie’s, the first ever Caribbean Silver Service Restaurant on Soho Road in the heart of Handworth.

It was there that she was spotted by BBC producers of the Pebble Mill at One show who invited her to showcase Caribbean Food on the program. Rustie’e first ever TV appearance was on Pebble Mill then hosted by the legendary Eric Morcambe.

This was soon to be followed by appearances on ATV, (Central TV) before TV-am came calling.

Making her name and her reputation as Britain’s No1 authority on Caribbean cooking during an eight year
residency on TV-am and becoming the first ever black presenter of a Saturday Night prime time network entertainment show Game For A Laugh, Rustie has graced Britain’s TV Screens since the mid 1980’s and has become a household name.

She is known for her delicious recipes as well as for her vibrant personality and infectious laugh. Her programmes are associated with fun and having a good time whilst learning something new. Rustie’s appeal is multi-cultural and across all age groups and genders.

Personal Appearances & Cookery Demonstrations

Whether Rustie cooked on the main stage at the Ideal Home Show in London, appeared at regional food shows like
The Worcester Feast, or internationally at the Gourmand in Paris and Frankfurt, she always pulled the biggest crowds, gave the most interviews, had the most photo opportunities, sold the most books and had the longest signing queues. And, of course, Rustie delivered the best and most entertaining cookery demonstrations of all the chefs, every time!

Rustie Rocks!

Music has always played a huge part in Rustie’s Life. Early tours of the British Social Clubs and the forces bases throughout Europe set the tune. Recording a best selling Album in the eighties, being at the forefront of Ragga in the nineties, venturing into musical theatre and starring in productions like Ain’t Misbehavin, South Pacific or Smokey Joe’s Café were just parts of her overall love for music.

Nowadays, Rustie performs with The Aces (Desmond Dekker's Band). Performing at summer festivals & theatres in the UK and abroad delighting audiences with pulsating Ska and Reggae music.

Rustie's Career


Having taken part in so many TV shows here is just a small selection:

TV-am (The worlds first breakfast television station) [ITV]
Game For A Laugh [ITV]
Good Morning [BBC 1]
Rustie’s Real Cooks [ITV]
This Morning [ITV]
Daily Cooks [ITV]
Loose Women [ITV] & Christmas Special [DVD]
The Xtra Factor [ITV 2]
Big Brother Big Mouth [Channel 4]
Big Brother’s Bit On The Side [Channel 5]
The Wright Stuff [Channel 5]
Saturday Night Take Away [ITV]
The Alan Titchmarsh Show [ITV]
Pointless (And they won the money) [BBC 1]

Recent Television

This Morning [ITV]
Good Morning Britain [ITV]
Big Brother’s Bit On The Side [Channel 5]
Celebrity Super Spa [Channel 5]
Benidorm [ITV]
Day Break [ITV]
Pointless Celebrities [BBC 1]
Twirlywoos Cbeebies [BBC]
Having A Ball [NewsInternational/The Sun]

BBC1 Hit TV series The Real Marigold Hotel
2017 has seen Rustie making a welcome return to ITV's "This Morning"


With around a dozen or so Panto productions under her belt, Rustie recently starred in:

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime [2014]
Narrator of the Brothers Grimm Snow White with The Russian Ice Stars [2015]
Her Panto for 2015 will once again be Sleeping Beauty


Rustie Lee - A Taste of the Caribbean [Winner of 'Best Cookery Book' Gourmand 2010 Paris]
Rustie Lee - Charlie The Magical Turtle [Currently in pre-production for animated TV series]
A number of recipe columns for various magazine and newspaper titles


Originally booked for six shows during the closed football season, The Rustie Lee Show became an instant hit on BBC Radio WM and ended up running for 72 shows.

Produced by Rustie, the show beat all other regional and national shows in its time slot for three consecutive Rajar periods.

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