He’s one of the most famous and successful celebrity chefs in the world, but Jamie Oliver might be forced to close his doors in Australia after a huge fail.
‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant chain is hugely popular in Australia, but due to the sudden collapse of the third party company that runs his restaurants here it could be about to go under – and Jamie is furious.
The Keystone Group, which is responsible for the restaurants owes $34 million in unsecured debt meaning Jamie’s eateries could be sold off in a ‘fire sale’ in order to pay the bills.
After spending years building his reputation and a solid name for himself in business in Australia, Jamie is reportedly fuming that his name is being “dragged through the mud”.
“Jamie demanded some answers and made it clear that he was not at all happy with the fact that his name has been dragged down into a mess,” said one of Jamie’s associates.
“He resents the idea that his restaurants, which he sees as the only profitable businesses that Keystone operated, are being touted as being the subject of a fire sale.
“He gets final say over who takes over the operation of the business and wanted to make it clear he was extremely unhappy with the way the matter has been handled.”
The drama comes just days after Jamie and his wife Jools welcomed the birth of their fifth child, a little boy.
It’s not known if Jamie will try to keep the restaurants here afloat or if he will pack up and close his doors in Australia for good.