TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson has said he will start treatment following his arrest for shoplifting cheese and wine from Tesco.

The Ready Steady Cook star said he had been racking his brains to work out why he did it, but was at a loss to explain his behaviour.

“There is absolutely no reason,” he told the Daily Express. “I’m totally embarrassed, apologetic and gutted for my family and friends.”

The 60-year-old, who is a food writer for the newspaper, said he wondered whether he had taken the items as a cry for help after being under ‘incredible stress’.

He said: “We’ve moved home, which is stressful and it means I have to take two hours of every day driving to the restaurant and back. But I can’t really blame that.

“There have been other things, including the funerals of a couple of close friends. I’ve had health problems too and have given up smoking and I’ve been anaemic so I’m more tired than usual.

“I’m here (at the restaurant) pretty much every opening hour. I’m 60 years old and it is incredibly tiring. I probably shouldn’t do 12-hour days. And I didn’t have any time off over Christmas when these things happened.”

But he insisted he didn’t really want to blame his actions on stress.

He added that he hoped a psychoanalyst would help him discover what sent him ‘over the edge’ and said he expected to be severely criticised for his conduct.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestant, whose restaurant business has been hit by the recession, was cautioned by police after he was caught stealing from the Tesco store in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, while using a self-scanning till last Friday.