Jamie Oliver's Aust business hits trouble

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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". The remaining five sites, in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, will continue to operate, salvaged by a last-minute sale to Brisbane-based Hallmark Group.

In light of the administration, the Canberra Jamie's Italian site was shut immediately yesterday, Business Insider reports.

Jamie's Italian Canberra has closed suddenly, with the Canberra Centre restaurant not opening on Monday and the phone disconnected.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver took control of his Australian holdings a little over 12 months ago, buying his six Jamie's Italian restaurants from the receivers of the failed Keystone Group, but since then, Oliver's United Kingdom interests have run into trouble.

But the company was put into administration in order to hand over the business to Hallmark.

Jamie Oliver's hopes of rescuing the Australian restaurants opened in his name is over after his business collapsed.

The UK branch of the Jamie's Italian chain has also been forced to close several stores in the UK, while others are operating with reduced rents after creditors approved a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) earlier this year.

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