Shoplifting chef keeps Dublin date
CELEBRITY chef Antony Worrall Thompson will honour his commitment to an Irish charity event this week despite a shoplifting controversy.
The high-profile chef apologised to Tesco, his family and friends after he admitted to taking cheese and wine from a store in the posh riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, west of London.
It's understood there were five separate offences over the Christmas holidays, leading to an arrest on Friday.
The chef had already pledged to an event in Malahide to raise funds for an Irish sailing team.
And even though he said he would be attending treatment, Worrall Thompson will be in Dublin next weekend.
"Antony has agreed to be present at this event," his spokeswoman confirmed.
Olympic hopefuls Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are hosting a Celebrity Chef Night with Antony Worrall Thompson in Malahide Rugby Club this Saturday.
Gavin Flanigan, Scott's father, said that the team had a target of €100,000 and the celebrity chef agreed to come over when asked by his relations who are from Dublin.
"The Sheils in Londis Malahide are related to him," Mr Flanigan told the Herald.
"They asked him to come over and he said he would.
"A lot of the local clubs are supporting us - the Malahide Rugby Club, the Gaelic clubs, the whole village is behind us.
"It's taking place this Saturday and there are still places left." The sailing pair competed in the world championship in Perth, but narrowly missed out on qualifying.
"They finished 23 in Australia, the top 19 qualified," Mr Flanigan explained. "Once they have qualified they can get back onto the academy. Until then, they need their own funding for their own sources," he said.
"They have an opportunity in Barcelona in May so they will leave for Palma for six weeks at the end of the month," he said.
"The fundraising is for their flights and accommodation and two or three boats."
Tickets for the event cost €100 each or €1,000 for a table of 10.
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