Jamie Oliver thanked UK staff for putting their ‘hearts and souls into our restaurants’ in an email telling them they were out of a job.
This week, the celebrity chef’s restaurant empire went into administration, with Jamie calling in KPMG to handle the insolvency process.
On Tuesday, all but three of Jamie’s restaurants closed, resulting in a loss of 1,000 jobs.
His three Gatwick Airport venues remain open while administrators seek a buyer, although 300 jobs there are still at risk.
According to staff, those working at Jamie’s 25 UK restaurants were only made aware of the demise of the business on the day of.
One staff member told the Manchester Evening News: ‘At 10 o’clock we had two accountants from KMPG show up and they handed us a notice to say that the business has ceased trading as of now.
‘We didn’t know – nobody was aware of it. There were about 15 of us. It’s a bit of a shock to the system to everyone. Some people have been here since day one, so over 10 years.’
And some found out thanks to an email from Jamie, 43.
The Naked Chef informed workers they would be paid up to date, while wishing those who lost their jobs ‘all the luck in the world’.
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