Blog: TV chef Worral Thompson cooks up humble pie
Sam Webb | 9 January 2012
TV chef Antony Worral Thompson has issued an apology over a series of shoplifting offences at a Tesco supermarket.
The Ready Steady Cook chef was arrested on Friday (6 January) after stealing GBP70.83 (US$109) worth of foodstuffs from the store in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, over five incidents from 22 December onwards.
Thames Valley Police issued Worral Thompson, who had to close four of his restaurants in 2009 after a drop in revenue, with a formal caution.
The chef has a range of gluten-free stocks and sauces that his website states is sold in supermarkets like Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
He said: "I am so sorry for all my recent stupid and irresponsible actions; I am of course devastated for my family and friends, whom I've let down and will seek the treatment that is clearly needed.
"I am not the first, and I certainly won't be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason - what went through my head, only time will tell.
"Of course, I must also apologise sincerely to Tesco, with whom I'm had a long and genuine working relationship, and to all the staff at the Henley branch, many of whom I've got to know over the years.
"Once again, I am so sorry and hopefully in the future I can make amends."
A spokesperson from Tesco confirmed he has not been banned from the store.
The episode has proved a talking point throughout the industry. Speaking to reporters after Morrisons reported its Christmas sales results today, the retailer's chief executive Dalton Philips was wryly asked by one hack whether he would welcome Worral Thompson into his stores.
"We welcome all paying customers," Philips said. "At the moment, we're [offering] free shopping so that might apply to certain customers, too."
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