Adriano Zumbo has broken his silence about the demise of his dessert empire, which left him with around $10 million of debt.
The 38-year-old Just Desserts star wrote about his struggles on Instagram, which was published earlier this month.
Amid filming for the series, the Sydney chef spoke of how the crumbling demise of his business was the most challenging part of his life so far.
‘Most emotional time of my life’: Adriano Zumbo, 38, (pictured) has revealed the mental strain he felt after the demise of his dessert empire and how he felt ‘unworthy’ filming his own show
‘This time around filming this just over 12 months ago, while going through the hardest, emotional and most challenging part of my life so far,’ he wrote.
The lovable chef explained he was forced to watch what he tirelessly built for the past 12 years fall apart in front of his eyes.
The celebrity chef said it took a toll on his mental health.
‘The reality is everything you pray [for] to go your way, doesn’t always happen. And you unintentionally let a lot of good people down,’ he said.
Upset: ‘The reality is everything you pray to go your way, doesn’t always happen. And you unintentionally let a lot of good people down,’ Adriano said
The chef added that he felt ‘unworthy’ of being on Just Desserts, while his business fell apart around him.
‘Everyday going to the studio I felt unworthy of being in the role I was in,’ he said.
‘While this was happening, how could I be this colourful fun Dessert Maker host, when everything that probably got me this opportunity was failing.’
Struggle: ‘While this was happening, how could I be this colourful fun Dessert Maker host, when everything that probably got me this opportunity was failing,’ he said
In August last year, it was reported that Adriano’s business had entered voluntary administration with debts amassing to about $10 million.
Administrators appointed to companies directed by Adriano, were made up of landlords and trade creditors.
Raw: Adriano was candid about his feelings in the Instagram post
The exact reason for his company’s financial collapse is not known.
Adriano built his business empire off the back of appearances on MasterChef and his own cooking show on Channel Seven, Zumbo’s Just Desserts.
Previously, five disgruntled employees appeared on A Current Affair in May 2017, claiming Adriano withheld superannuation, hadn’t paid them proper rates and failed to pay them overtime.
Zumbo (pictured with contestant) built his business empire off the back of appearances on MasterChef and his own cooking show on Channel Seven, Zumbo’s Just Desserts