MasterChef Judge Gregg Wallace In Hotel Brawl
MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace knocked a diner to the floor and punched him in the face for allegedly touching his girlfriend, according to reports.
The former greengrocer and restaurateur - known for using the phrase "cooking doesn't get tougher than this" - was pictured brawling with the man after a five-hour evening of food and wine at a plush hotel.
Wallace, 48, is reported to have punched the man several times because he apparently touched his 27-year-old girlfriend Anne-Marie Sterpini's bottom.
The fight broke out after he had hosted Dinner With Gregg Wallace at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham, Worcestershire.
The hotel's website described Wallace as "the bald one who likes puddings" and promised guests a champagne reception followed by a five-course dinner.
But the scene turned ugly.
A picture in The Sun showed white-shirted Wallace grappling with the man while another man tries to restrain him as other guests look on.
The BBC host was eventually led from the oak-panelled room at the Grade II-listed building and taken upstairs.
Claire Shepherd, 31, who was at the £75-a-head evening, told The Sun: "He kept doing speeches and then we had a Q and A session.
"It became quite obvious that he was very self-important, so a woman on our table tried to make a joke, saying his bakery chain Greggs was doing really well and he must be happy.
"But he didn't laugh. He just said: 'End of questions, enjoy your meal.' It was a tumbleweed moment."
A source told the Daily Mail: "The vast majority of those present were very drunk. I'm pretty sure Gregg had enjoyed a few drinks too.
"In fact, his girlfriend was one of the only people there who seemed sober. Gregg took exception to this man who was supposed to have been touching his girlfriend up.
"A table was knocked over as they grappled."
The newspaper reported that three-times married Wallace and the man later calmed down, apologised to each other and shared a whisky.
Wallace's spokeswoman told Sky News Online: "I can confirm Gregg was involved in a disagreement at an event last night. The situation was swiftly resolved."
She confirmed that police had not been called to the event.