Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef we have grown to love and admire for so many years, has been left devastated after his restaurant group went into administration.
The restaurant group, which includes Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa, and Fifteen, accounts for 1,000 jobs in the UK, which will be lost.
It is unlikely to affect the ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurants in Australia which were in dire financial trouble last year but were rescued by a last minute sale to Hallmark Group based in Brisbane.
The Canberra and Parramatta outlets have closed but the remaining four sites, in the Sydney CBD, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, have continued under new ownership.
The company looking after the administration recently said, “The group had recently undertaken a process to secure additional investment into the business and, since the beginning of this year, Jamie Oliver has made available additional funds of £4m to support the fundraising.”
“However, with no suitable investment forthcoming and in light of the very difficult current trading environment, the directors resolved to appoint administrators.”
I’m devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration. I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the people who have put their hearts and souls into this business over the years. Jamie Oliver
— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) 21 May 2019
Jamie Oliver also released the following statement.
“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.”