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

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

Pty Ltd collapsed on Monday, with the company being placed in the hands of voluntary administrators less than 12 months after the British celebrity chef visited Australia to relaunch the six local restaurants bearing his name.

Jon Knight, CEO of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group said: "We look forward to working with Aramark and exploring opportunities to establish fully branded retail restaurants in multi-tenanted office and retail environments managed by Aramark". Oliver came to Australia in March past year to relaunch the restaurants.

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has 27 sites in the United Kingdom and a further 53 sites around the globe.

It means the remaining restaurants in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide are safe for now; a Hallmark representative told the AFR it's "seeking new suitable locations for the next Jamie's Italian".

They also announced that Brisbane-based Hallmark Group would take over operating the Australian franchise of the Italian chain.

In February, it emerged that Oliver's United Kingdom hospitality operation was facing significant debt challenges, owing around $126 million to a range of parties, including $3.9 million to staff and close to $73 million to suppliers.

In January, 12 of his United Kingdom restaurants closed despite Mr Oliver having reportedly pumped his own money into the business to keep it going.

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

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