Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant business has collapsed into voluntary administration

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

It comes less than two years after the chef bought back his Australian restaurants after the collapse of franchisee Keystone Group.

Jamie's Italian restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Parramatta and Adelaide will now operate under Hallmark Group, and the Canberra restaurant is the only Australian Jamie's Italian franchise to close.

Aramark's president in Northern Europe, Frank Gleeson, commented, "We are passionate about the health and well-being of those we serve every day, so it was a natural fit for us to partner with Jamie Oliver".

Oliver has had to put £3m of his own money into the company, as well as closing 12 United Kingdom restaurants in order to keep trading. One other site in Canberra has closed.

Hallmark said it would be looking for new locations to open more Jamie's Italian branches.

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In March, the chief executive of the United Kingdom business said the company had struggled because it had "rested on its laurels" as more quick service retail businesses entered the British market.

Over the weekend, Oliver said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that the business was stronger as a result of the adjustments, and insisted that the decisions had saved thousands of jobs.

Jamie Oliver has been forced to surrender his Australian restaurant group as it was placed in the hands of voluntary administrators.

"I've had to man up and make a big decision", he told the paper.

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