Celebrity chef Nick Nairn is nursing his wounds after being attacked in an Aberdeen street last night.
In a candid tweet, the Ready Steady Cook and Landward star, 58, claimed that he’d been knocked unconscious after a verbal exchange with two men while walking home from his cookery school.
And his fans were left horrified as he shared a picture of his bruised and bloodied face.
Nick said he was heading home with his operations manager, Julia Forster, at around 1am when the incident occurred.
He tweeted: “I was assaulted this morning on Union St, walking home from my Cook School.
“2 feisty chaps did this to me and ran off chased by @joolsfor! If anyone saw anything, can u call @policescotland on 101.
“They were great, as were ambulance and hospital services. I’m a bit peeved but fine.”
Soon after the message appeared on social media, Nick’s fans were showering him with sympathy.
One follower soothed: “What a horrible thing to happen. Get well soon.”
Another wrote: “That is atrocious, chef. Take care and hope you feel better really soon. What a dreadful thing to happen to someone like you who does so much for others.”
And a third added: “Wishing you a speedy recovery, Nick. Hope you get the chance to rest up and take it easy over Christmas.”
Later on, Nick summoned up sufficient energy to be able to thank those who’d sent their love.
He tweeted: “Very touched by all the kind messages of goodwill. Thank you so much. I’m a bit shaken but fine. Thanks also to everyone who helped last night. Nx.”
And in an interview with BBC Scotland, he elaborated on what had happened.
He explained: “Two guys in their mid-20s said something, I probably had a smart reply.
“One punched me in the face. I think I blanked out, and came to covered in blood.
“Julia, who I was with, was hitting these guys with her handbag. They ran off.”