Jamie Oliver said this morning he was “deeply saddened” following confirmation that his restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, has called in administrators.
More than 1,300 jobs are understood to be at risk, with a more detailed announcement from KPMG expected later today.
News of its latest difficulties comes just a year after it was forced to shut 12 of its 37 sites as part of a CVA, although it was widely thought that the business was on the mend after Mr Oliver pumped £13m of his money into the chain.
Mr Oliver said: “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.”
KPMG could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
Full list of Jamie’s Italian restaurants
– Cambridge Pizzeria
– Gatwick Airport
– Covent Garden
– London Bridge
– Piccadilly Circus
– Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
– Westfield Stratford