Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant chain has entered administration.
The Jamie Oliver Group, which includes steakhouse Barbecoa, and Jamie Oliver’s Diner, employs more than 1,000 staff.
“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,” Oliver said in a statement. “I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.”
Oliver, who has fronted numerous programmes including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals has used his reputation to put pressure on politicians to combat growing child obesity problems.
Five branches of the Australian arm of Jamie’s Italian have been sold off, while another was put into administration.