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TV’s Worrall Thompson in a stew over food safety


WHEN TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson competed in the second series of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! he almost brought ITV1’ s hugely popular reality show to a grinding halt by inciting the hungry contestant­s to rise up and leave camp after they received what they considered to be inadequate food.

He now faces a similar revolt at his restaurant in Oxfordshir­e after it was handed a new hygiene rating of only two stars out of five. The food safety officers’ verdict has left him boiling over.

‘ It’s not normal,’ Worrall Thompson, 71, declares. ‘We run a really clean kitchen.’

The Greyhound, in Peppard Common, near Henley, is billed as a destinatio­n venue for ‘ highqualit­y’ food, where main courses are priced at £20-£27 and starters at £13. However, inspectors who visited last month gave the verdict ‘improvemen­t necessary’ to the ‘cleanlines­s and condition of facilities and building’.

Former Ready Steady Cook star Worrall Thompson says: ‘Personally, I thought it was really harsh, and we will be calling the inspectors back in a couple of days.

‘We felt it was nothing that would affect the hygiene of the food. We are making the improvemen­ts that they suggest and everything has been addressed.’ Worrall Thompson’s career hit a stumbling block in 2012 when he received a police caution for shopliftin­g items, including wine and cheese, from the Henley-on-Thames branch of Tesco on a total of five occasions.

The author of a few dozen cookbooks, Worrall Thompson said in 2015 that he was writing a book about the shopliftin­g incident. ‘It’s called Why?’ he said. ‘I hope it will be instructiv­e, not on how to shoplift, but how to deal with it.’

On I’m A Celebrity, Worrall Thompson completed a Bushtucker Trial in which he had to retrieve ten meal stars surrounded by snakes, spiders and creepy- crawlies. Let’s hope retrieving those food hygiene stars is less of a challenge.

 ?? ?? ‘Harsh’: Antony Worrall Thompson outside his pub
‘Harsh’: Antony Worrall Thompson outside his pub

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