Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire has collapsed
- Jamie Oliver restaurant empire collapses, risking 1,000 jobs, according to a report in The Guardian
- The company, which consists of 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, including the Fifteen and Barbecoa restaurants, has reportedly appointed KPMG as administrator
- He first rose to fame through his Naked Chef TV programme
- This is a developing story
Jamie Oliver, one of UK's best known celebrity chefs has had a massive blow delivered to his restaurant empire as reports suggest the copany has called in administrators.
Reuters reports that a source said that over 1,000 jobs would be put at risk by the administration, a form of protection from creditors. The list of restauarnts affected in the UK is in the twenties and includes includes 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, and the Fifteen and Barbecoa restaurants.
The Guardian adds that Oliver said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade. I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.
“I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us over the last decade, it’s been a real pleasure serving you.
“We launched Jamie’s Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the UK high street, with great value and much higher quality ingredients, best in class animal welfare standards and an amazing team who shared my passion for great food and service. And we did exactly that.”
The celebrity chef first rose to fame in the 90s and has starred in more than a dozen television shows.
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