TV chef, Anthony Worrall Thompson, appears to be a fan of adding spice to his life as well as his culinary creations.
The Ready Steady Cook star, who celebrated his 60th birthday last year, was cautioned by police for shoplifting five times to support his fondness for fine cheese and wine.
He apologised for his crimes this morning: “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.
“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.”
The recession-hit star, whose restaurant chain went into administration in 2009, helped himself to several items from a Tesco in Oxfordshire by sneaking them through the self-service machines.
A source said: “He was ordering blocks of cheese at the deli counter, taking bottles of wine, then putting some things through the scanner but walking out with the rest.
“They caught him on camera doing it more than once, but had to be 100 per cent sure it was not a genuine mistake before apprehending him.
“Because of his high profile, the security staff could not afford to get it wrong.”
Worrall Thompson was recently forced to leave his £1.6million mansion in High Wycombe, Bucks, as a result of his deteriorating bank balance.
The bearded chef was given a formal caution by police covering all five separate offences. He will not have a criminal record but his details will be stored in case he has a further penchant for free stilton.