He became the most successful contestant on Dragons’ Den and a millionaire to boot. But Reggae Reggae sauce proprietor Levi Roots has admitted he lied on the BBC show when he said the secret recipe was handed down by his grandmother. His admissions came in the middle of a High Court case where his dancing The Reggae – Black Steel – Dancing The Reggae partner has accused him of stealing the coveted recipe.

Chef Tony Bailey, 52, claims it was his sauce the pair used when they ran a jerk chicken stall at the Notting Hill Carnival. 600,000 after they claim he cut them out of an agreement to launch the sauce together. 50,000 investment from entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh. Questioned about the sauce being his grandmother’s recipe, Mr Roots admitted that was untrue. I was trying to create the flavour my grandmother used to cook for me.

How she used to do what she called relish. However, the former reggae star says he created the sauce from a basic recipe, and was trying to ‘recreate’ the flavour of his grandmother’s original jerk chicken seasoning. He also claimed that while the sauce wasn’t sold at the Notting Hill Carnival, he and Mr Bailey sold jerk chicken and people came to their stall just to see Levi Roots himself. Mr Roots claimed his story about his sauce being ‘the taste of Notting Hill Carnival’ was in reference to his reputation at the Caribbean street celebration. They tried to steal my garden! Reading from the sauce label, Ian Glen QC, acting for the claimants, said: ‘On the bottle of sauce, it says “Our family in Jamaica have been blending home-made jerk sauce since way back, and for years it’s been the taste of London’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Mr Roots replied: ‘No, that’s not true. When I was trying to market the sauce, I thought of every conceivable way that I was connected with music and the Notting Hill Carnival. I cooked all that in a bag together and tried my best to make a story about it. When Mr Glen asked about the claim that it was his grandmother’s recipe, he admitted that this was also untrue. Mr Roots said: ‘My way of trying to market the sauce when I started out was to put in all my experience with people in my life and my family. I was trying to create the flavour that my grandmother used to cook for me. I was trying to recreate that flavour and that is the reason why my grandmother is on it.

I thought it apt to put her legacy in there. Mr Glen also read from the transcript of Mr Roots’ appearance on Dragons’ Den, which convinced Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh to invest in the product. He said: ‘You were saying that you had been successfully selling Reggae Reggae sauce for 15 years, is that right? Mr Roots replied: ‘It’s my connection to Notting Hill Carnival was more what I was talking about.