Sarma Melngailis from Bad Vegan on Netflix is an American chef who stole people’s money and ended up shutting down all of her restaurants. Her husband was Anthony Strangis prior to their split. Sarma Melngailis is from Riga, Latvia. Currently, 49 years of age and celebrating her birthday on 10th September, Sarma from Bad Vegan belongs to Latvian ethnicity. Online queries on Reddit include Sarma Melngailis’ wiki, meat suit, dog, ring, Instagram, whereabouts today, and what she is doing now in 2022.
The American chef and businesswoman, Sarma Melngailis from Bad Vegan on Netflix confronted a dramatic change in her life when all of her fame down trained to get negative exposure, and today, she has been living a life being a fugitive.
Sarma, who was married to conman Anthony Strangis, was the co-owner and co-founder of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck where she sold vegan raw foods and was located in New York City.
The year 2016 and 2017 acted as a malediction to Sarma’s career, and thus, all of her businesses and restaurants were closed down, and she was convicted of fraud.
With the loss in both businesses, and being unable to pay all of her employees, Sarma was compelled to plunder money from others, consequently, leading to getting cases filed against her.
Today, many people are curious to know where Sarma Melngailis is, and what she has been doing.
Sarma Melngailis from Bad Vegan: What is She Doing Today?
Recently, a new Netflix docuseries, Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. was released on Netflix on 16th March 2022. This reality show highlights the life of the American woman, Sarma Melngailis.
Sarma Melngailis is an American chef and businesswoman who was the co-owner and co-founder of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck.
Sarma Melngailis (@sarmamelngailis) was born on 10th September 1972 in Latvia, however, she grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Newton North High School, and upon the completion of high school, Sarma got a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.
Growing up with her chef mom, Sarma too developed a passion for cooking, and thus, later, she changed her passion to her career.
In June 2004, Sarma along with Chodorow and Kenney opened their restaurant, Pure Food and Wine, and this restaurant was New York’s first raw food restaurant. With their dedication and better food quality, the restaurant was listed twice in New York magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants.
The success was filling the trio’s lives, and with more motivation, they opened another restaurant, One Lucky Duck Juice and Takeaway.
Everything was going in their favor until a calamity hit Sarma hard. In January 2015, both of her restaurants couldn’t pay the wages of their employees for the second time.
Having no alternative, Melngailis closed both of her restaurants, and in February 2015, she posted a blog, apologizing for the inconvenience, and the reason behind the closure but shockingly, within days, Sarma deleted the post.
Later, when Sarma Melngailis was interviewed, she divulged that due to debts, and expensive products, the profit margin plummeted, leading to the closure of her restaurants.
Again, in 2015, Sarma Melngailis opened both of her restaurants but unfortunately, many of the employees didn’t join, and she faced more obstacles when the cycle revolved back again, and in the same year, in July, all the employees left out the restaurants as Sarma didn’t pay them their wages, and after that, both the places were permanently shut down.
Why was Sarma Melngailis from Bad Vegan Arrested?
Sarma and her husband were arrested on May 12, 2016. Sarma was wanted for grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, scheme to defraud, and violation of labor law while on the other hand, her husband was arrested for wanted for grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and violation of labor law.
In May 2017, Sarma Melngailis was found guilty of plundering more than $200,000 from an investor for which she was imprisoned for four months.
With all these, Sarma’s life was filled with only complications, conversely, in 2022, Netflix opened a door filled with opportunities to her when this streaming media gave its offer on making a docuseries based on Sarma Melngailis’s life.
She agreed to the offer, and with her docuseries, Bad Vegan, she made hefty money and paid all of her unpaid employees.