Jamie Oliver has said he is worried about future trade agreements with America and the impact that these may have on British food standards, but admits that he believes in democracy and that we should continue with Brexit.
The famous anti-Brexit chief today unveiled his concern in a broad interview with The Times magazine and said he is concerned about the use of hormones in the US and the availability of genetically modified crops.
The 44-year-old, from Essex, is concerned that such foods will become more readily available if Britain is removed from Europe, and said he will do his best to prevent & # 39; our culture and standards & # 39; be destroyed by new trade agreements.
Oliver has previously labeled Brexit as one of the reasons behind the collapse of his restaurant chain earlier this year, which ended with the closure of 22 restaurants and 1,000 staff members who lost their jobs.
Oliver has previously labeled Brexit as one of the reasons behind the collapse of his restaurant chain earlier this year, which ended with the closure of 22 restaurants and 1,000 staff members who lost their jobs
Oliver has said he is worried about future trade agreements with America (photo, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump) and the potential impact on Britain's food standards
He revealed his concern about Brexit and said: & I think that hormone use and genetically modified crops are really not OK. Europe has none of this.
& # 39; We want to do business with America and I think we are in a good place as long as we can protect our standards. If we just want to destroy our entire culture and standards in a race to the bottom, I will do my best to stop that. & # 39;
Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump said there were talks about a & # 39; very substantial & # 39; trade agreement with the UK. His comments came after a phone call with Boris Johnson on Friday – after which he said the new prime minister was great.
Oliver also revealed how fights over Brexit had caused tensions in his family, and said he was raised in & # 39; a very conservative Thatcherite home & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; It is divided and has split families and workplaces. My own family is divided about it. But I believe in democracy and I believe in continuing and we must continue. & # 39;
The overwhelming political focus of the Brexit, he claims, has led to some problems disappearing. He claims that he had no direct contact with Theresa May, but said that some of her advisors had listened to him.
Ideas that he wants to implement include a catchment area for junk food advertising from 9 p.m. and mandatory calorie labeling in restaurants. He would also like to see the sugar tax extended to milkshakes.
Oliver mentioned rental costs, business rates and labor costs & # 39; our worst enemies & # 39 ;, adding that the company had not responded quickly enough to changes in the industry
His comments came because it was also revealed that he lost a total of £ 25 million of his own money to try to save his chain of restaurant chains. The group, including Jamie & # 39; s Italian, Barbecoa and Fifteen, collapsed into administration in May and made approximately 1,000 employees redundant.
Ultimately, insolvency specialists at KPMG closed 22 of the chef's 25 restaurants after the investments could not be guaranteed to make them act.
Three stores at Gatwick Airport – Jamie Oliver's Diner, Jamie & # 39; s Italian and Jamie & # 39; s Coffee Lounge – were picked up by food-to-go specialist SSP Group, saving 250 jobs.
In his interview with The Times, Oliver vowed never to pull the wool over my eyes or to suffer again from a lack of clarity.
He mentioned rental costs, business rates and labor costs & # 39; our worst enemies & # 39; and added that the company had not responded quickly enough to changes in the industry.
At the time of the collapse of its chain, senior market analyst Fiona Cincotta of Cityindex also noted the impact of the Brexit
Three stores at Gatwick Airport – Jamie Oliver & Diner's, Jamie & # 39; s Italian and Jamie & # 39; s Coffee Lounge – were picked up by food-to-go specialist SSP Group, saving 250 jobs
Oliver, who became known for a large number of TV shows and cookbooks, has earned an estimated £ 240 million since the public's eye is estimated
She said: & # 39; The restaurant chain, piggybacking on Naked Chef Jamie Oliver's fame, has been struggling for years to maintain the business model in which pasta dishes – most of Jamie's Italian offerings – were too expensive for mid-range diners and not high end enough to compete in the more expensive part of the market.
& # 39; Higher rents, rising food prices, uncertainty about Brexit and competition from smaller, more agile outfits have eroded the company's revenues in recent years.
& # 39; Although no one in the Brexit company blamed the situation, it says the Jamie Oliver franchise is alive and kicking abroad and operates 25 restaurants in other countries, including Ireland.
& # 39; The downfall does not leave much to celebrate, only room for questions about how it could have happened better. & # 39;
Oliver will tell more about the collapse of the restaurant chain in a one-off documentary and eliminate personal life.
The Channel 4 program, organized by Davina McCall and named 20 Years Of The Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All, will cover the highs and lows of his life and his campaign about the food culture of the country.
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