Jamie’s Italian calls in administrators

Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain Jamie's Italian has appointed administrators, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk.

The business said it had appointed KPMG to oversee the process, with a more detailed announcement expected later on Tuesday.

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."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: A general view of a branch of the "Jamie's Italian" chain of restaurants, near London Bridge on May 21, 2019 in London, England. More than 1,000 jobs are at risk after the chain of restaurants belonging to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been placed into administration. Just under forty restaurants including the Jamie’s Italian, Fifteen and Barbecoa brand are now at risk of closure. The business had been seeking buyers due to stiff competition in the market. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Jamie Oliver joins children from St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary school to celebrate the third annual Food Revolution Day on May 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Jamie Oliver powers a blender by riding a bike as he joins children from St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary school to celebrate the third annual Food Revolution Day on May 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Jamie Oliver joins children from St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary school to celebrate the third annual Food Revolution Day on May 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain Jamie's Italian has appointed administrators, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. The business said it had appointed KPMG to oversee the process, with a more detailed announcement expected later on Tuesday.
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Tv Chef Jamie Oliver Cooking Pizzas In The Childrens Society Garden At The Chelsea Flower Show, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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Jamie Oliver poses with his trainee chefs at his new Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, which opens today. It's Jamie's third Fifteen restaurant - with the young chefs putting their training to the test by preparing a charity lunch for 126 people. (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 14: Chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver talks with chefs-to-be before launching "Fifteen Amsterdam", his new venue, after the success of his London venture, at Oossterlijke Handelskade on December 14, 2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The restaurant employs 15 previously unemployed young people aged between 16 and 23, and hopes to transform them into qualified chefs. As in London, the training programme is financed through restaurant profits and the Cheeky Chops charity. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 14: Chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver talks with a chef-to-be before launching "Fifteen Amsterdam", his new venue, after the success of his London venture, at Oossterlijke Handelskade on December 14, 2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The restaurant employs 15 previously unemployed young people aged between 16 and 23, and hopes to transform them into qualified chefs. As in London, the training programme is financed through restaurant profits and the Cheeky Chops charity. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 14: Chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver talks with chefs-to-be before launching "Fifteen Amsterdam", his new venue, after the success of his London venture, at Oossterlijke Handelskade on December 14, 2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The restaurant employs 15 previously unemployed young people aged between 16 and 23, and hopes to transform them into qualified chefs. As in London, the training programme is financed through restaurant profits and the Cheeky Chops charity. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)
TV chef Jamie Oliver shops for produce with a favoured veg seller in Borough Market in Southwark, London. Oliver holds his box of fresh artichokes in one hand an his very young daughter Poppy on a Saturday morning. James "Jamie" Oliver, MBE (born 27 May 1975) is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools. He strives to improve unhealthy diets and p (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
Guests arriving for the launch of Jamie Oliver's new restaurant 'Fifteen' in London's Old Street. The restaurant is staffed by professional cooks and also fifteen unemployed young people who are being given the opportunity to work in the kitchens of the restaurant. * as part of a training programme. All profits form the restuarant will go to Cheeky Chops, a charity set up by Jamie Oliver to support the additional training of current and future intake of students. (Photo by Andy Butterton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef, winner of the Network Newcomer On Screen award, at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 1999 at The Grosvenor House Hotel, in London's Park Lane.
Chef and presenter of the TV cookery show 'The Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver and his girlfriend arrive at The Royal Albert Hall in London, for the National Television Awards. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV's 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver, in London, to launch the City And Guilds 'Future 100', a scheme that will see 100 people share a half a million pounds in grants, ranging from 2,000 to 10,000, which will help people change their lives through training and education. (Photo by Michael Walters - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV's 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver, in London, to launch the City And Guilds 'Future 100', a scheme that will see 100 people share a half a million pounds in grants, ranging from 2,000 to 10,000, which will help people change their lives through training and education. (Photo by Michael Walters - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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It follows a hunt for a new investor in the brand, with a number of private equity firms touted as mulling bids for a stake in the business.

Mr Oliver's restaurant empire has taken a few knocks over the past two years.

In 2018 Jamie's Italian shuttered 12 of its 37 sites, with the latter tranche executed through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

The TV chef's steak house Barbecoa also went into a pre-pack administration, leading to the closure of its Piccadilly branch.

Overseas, five branches of the Australian arm of Jamie's Italian was sold off last year, while another was put into administration.

Despite the troubles, which forced Mr Oliver to pump £13 million of his own money into his Italian chain, he told Press Association earlier this year that casual dining was primed for a comeback.

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