Jamie’s Italian Restaurants in UK file for Bankruptcy


The Jamie’s Italian chain launched in the U.K. 2008 by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has filed for bankruptcy protection placing 1,300 jobs in jeopardy.


Oliver commented, “I’m devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration (U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection).”  He added, “I’m deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all the people who put their hearts and soul into this business over the years.”


Jamie Oliver is a prominent voice in promoting welfare and has achieved fame through his Naked Chef cookbooks and television programs.  He has four million followers on social media attesting to his influence.


In an interview on BBC a business commentator noted that the casual dining space is highly competitive in the UK and the prices at Jamie’s restaurants were high as result of his policy relating to acquiring poultry and meat with what might be regarded as unreasonable welfare requirements.