All bar three of Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurants are to close, with the loss of 1,000 jobs.
The celebrity chef said he was “devastated” following moves to put his restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian into administration.
He tweeted to express his sadness, thanking those who “put their hearts and souls into this business over the years”.
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so got a brand new dish on the new James Italian menu that I'm really proud of he injected his celebrity personality along with millions of pounds of his own and investors money but in the end it simply wasn't enough today from the south coast through to Scotland the clothes signs went up a chain carrying just one name now leaving a thousand out of work Jamie Oliver tweeted I'm devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration I'm deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the people who put their hearts and souls into this business you can see here the immediate impact it's had they're set up for service this morning industry insiders say today scenes of hastily abandoned restaurants carry a warning about the viability of this sector well we've had a toxic cocktail of rising regulatory costs that over the course of the last two years have wiped 1/3 off the margin of businesses like Jamie 22 Jamie's Italian outlets closed today along with a separate barbacoa Steakhouse and a 15 restaurant in London Jamie Oliver's business struggles date back years in 2017 the last of his four Union Jack Pizza restaurants closed and 18 Jamie's Italians were shut at that stage of closures for restaurant chains there is one surefire ingredient a sprinkling of celebrity but today Jamie Oliver showed that in these tough times even that is no guarantee of success in the end his dining empire has been undermined by a shift away from outlets like this consumers are cleaving towards options that offer both quick convenient and also cheap and on those markers I think Jamie's has just fallen slightly the wrong side of the divide Rob Percival has worked with Jamie Oliver for five years on food campaigns the businesses have gone but is there a business legacy that Jamie Oliver will leave I think his business legacy will be this gold standard for children's food in the high street but other chains now have to step up to meet so that's healthier meals more veg more organic ingredient and we're already seeing that other chains are trying to reach that standard Jamie Oliver says he joined the industry to change it in the end the decline in high street fortunes and our altering dining preferences proved too big a change for his business to survive Chris Choi News at Ten you