|Sir Norman Wrassle|
Speaking from his Lytham home, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle, said: "We were blindsided by this one. This was the first time in its 8 year history that Saturday Kitchen has featured tripe. I want to apologise in particular to the Lancashire Confederation of Pensioners, as I know many members were disappointed when they were unable to obtain their usual supplies yesterday. It was something of a debacle."
Sir Norman also dismissed suggestions from the British Dog Owners' Council that the TMB was trying to make tripe 'trendy', saying "I want to re-assure dog lovers that we haven't forgotten them in the rush to make tripe more appealing to humans."
He also applauded TV and stage actress Rachael Stirling for trying tripe live on the show. Sir Norman said: "I am a great fan of Rachael, ever since her appearance in Women in Love a couple of years ago. The fact that she was shown giggling while Stephane Reynaud cooked his tripe confirms what we have always said - tripe is the ultimate comedy foodstuff. She showed great fortitude."