Following reports that Antony Worrall Thompson had been caught stealing cheese and wine from Tesco, the TV chef has apologised for his antics.
The 60 year old released a statement on his website saying: "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've 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."
According to The Sun, Antony was cautioned by police for stealing in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
He is said to have avoided paying for items at the self-checkout area of the supermarket.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "We arrested a man from High Wycombe following a report of shoplifting offences.
"The man has been issued with a formal caution for these offences."
The once-golden-boy of TV food shows is due to perform “a unique series of cooking demonstrations on board the MSC Splendida” next month, according to his official website.