Former Jamie Oliver restaurant staff receive payout

By Joe Lutrario

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Former Jamie Oliver restaurant staff receive payout

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The Mirror is reporting that 196 ex-employees of Jamie Oliver’s collapsed restaurant group have won up to £500,000 in compensation following a tribunal.

As the company, which called in the administrators in 2019 resulting in the loss of over 1,000 staff, cannot pay the payout will be funded by the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS) which is part of the Government's Insolvency Service.

One former employee alleged to the newspaper that they ‘were only told through email’ of the restaurant closures.

Oliver, who has previously described the loss of his once unstoppable restaurant empire as ‘very, very painful’ paid around £1m himself to make sure staff were paid before administrators had to be called in. 

The high profile chef restaurateur lost almost £25m of his own money with the collapse of his UK restaurant empire. 

Despite the decline of the chef’s UK restaurant business his media empire, including television shows and books, are still highly successful although the group did see a fall in profits in its most recent financial year. 

Jamie Oliver discussed the collapse of his UK restaurant group in Channel 4 documentary 20 Years of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All. 

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