Bailiffs remove tables, chairs and cookware from Jamie Oliver's flagship London restaurant a week after his empire collapsed and endangered 1,300 jobs
- Bailiffs cleared the flagship Jamie & # 39; s Italian restaurant near Piccadilly Circus this morning
- The site is one of 22 of its 25 locations that must be closed immediately after the administration has arrived
- Oliver & # 39; s chain has debts of £ 71.5 million and valuable assets are removed to cover costs
- The team of bailiffs took four hours to clear up tables, chairs, kitchen appliances and even a scooter
Jamie Oliver & # 39; s flagship in the London Italian restaurant was cleared by bailiffs today after the company went into administration.
The famous chef's notorious Jamie & # 39; s Italian chain has debts of £ 71.5 million, and today workers were seen extracting valuables from the Piccadilly Circus eatery.
Bailiffs were seen loading tables and chairs in a truck outside the restaurant, which opened in 2014, with furniture piled in the vehicle.
The administration has endangered 1,300 jobs and Oliver was forced to close 22 of his 25 sites immediately.
The 43-year-old, who has netted 240 million pounds in the public eye for 20 years, said he & # 39; destroyed & # 39; and & # 39; was deeply saddened by the outcome & # 39; in a statement.
He thanked the staff and suppliers and added: & I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. It was a pleasure to be of service. & # 39;
But many of his staff were upset after they appeared for their services to find restaurants that were closed, with messages on doors and windows.
It took the team of bailiffs four hours to clear the location of valuables, with kitchen appliances, machines, and even an orange scooter among the removed items.
Jamie Oliver & # 39; s flagship Jamie & # 39; s Italian restaurant near Piccadilly Circus has been cleared by bailiffs today
Among the various items that were removed from the restaurant in central London was an orange scooter, pictured on the right
Bailiffs wore reflective jackets were seen carefully loading different furniture and cookware, including this cutting board, pictured, in a truck
Other workers worked together to carry heavy pieces of food processor, pictured, from the London dining room and in the vehicle
The crumbling chain was also plagued by a flood of bad reviews, including restaurant critic Marina O & # 39; Loughlin who said in 2018 that she had to be paid to go back & # 39; to his restaurant in Westfield in London.
The chief himself previously blamed the guilty state of his empire of Brexit, which he said was one of the factors driving a & # 39; perfect storm & # 39; as well as rental costs, local government rates and the increase in the minimum wage.
In 2017, the five-year-old father, who lives in a £ 6 million 16th-century Essex mansion, plowed £ 12.7 million of his own money into his struggling business after receiving two hours to save the chain.
According to Companies House, Jamie Oliver Holdings Ltd – the umbrella company under which he runs his countless companies – turned £ 32 million last year – a staggering £ 87,670 a day.
But Jamie & # 39; s Italian was about to collapse two years ago and the chef revealed in an interview that & # 39; just had no more money & # 39; and millions in debt.
Oliver has built his huge fortune on TV and publicity deals, restaurant chains and product support – both in the UK and in Australia, where he recommends supermarket food advertisements.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last weekend that fellow celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay had tried to help Oliver during his time of need.
The warring couple has been exchanging public insults for a long time – but Ramsay insisted that it was in good faith in the name of & # 39; joke & # 39; and Oliver even added that the & # 39; good for PR & # 39; used to be.
But since then, they have pushed aside their differences after Ramsay Oliver offered an olive branch.
Ramsay told the Mail On Sunday Event Magazine that it was & # 39; terrible to worry Jamie &, so he & # 39; grabbed & # 39; – but their collaboration was not enough to make the Oliver restaurants collapse last week.
The restaurant, pictured, opened in 2014 and it took four hours to free the team of bailiffs from valuables
So far 22 of the 25 English Jamie & # 39; s Italian restaurants have been closed, including the flagship of the London site, and around 1,300 jobs are at risk due to administration. Pictured on the right is a truck filled with wooden chairs and tables from the site
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