Jamie Oliver has released a statement confirming his much-loved U.K. restaurants have gone into administration, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk.
The group, which includes the Jamie’s Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, has appointed KPMG as administrators.
Oliver wrote on Twitter, “I’m devastated that our much-loved U.K. restaurants have gone into administration.”
“I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the people who have put their hearts and souls into this business over the years.”
He added in a statement, according to the BBC: “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.”
He went on: “We launched Jamie’s Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the U.K. 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.”
The BBC reported that 25 restaurants would be affected by the move, 23 of which were from the Jamie’s Italian chain.
They also said that Jamie Oliver Holdings, as well as Jamie’s Italian International Limited, would continue to trade as normal.
According to The Guardian, the latest news comes after the Jamie’s Italian sales took a dive by nearly 11 per cent last year to £101 million (around $172 millionCAD). It resulted in 12 restaurants closing at the time, with around 600 members of staff being made redundant.