JAMIE Oliver has said he is devastated as his restaurant group has gone into administration, with 1,000 jobs lost.
Now in liquidation are 23 of the Naked Chef star’s Jamie’s Italian restaurant, as well as Barbecoa and Fifteen in London.
It comes less than a week after it was announced that the 43-year-old was opening a new restaurant on the Costa del Sol.
Jamie’s Deli, in Malaga Airport, serves up a range of artisan pizzas, sandwiches, hot dishes, cakes and drinks, with the focus on healthier options for travellers.
Malaga province is a favourite with the dad-of-five, who singled out Ronda in particular, when he visited Andalucia for his show, Jamie’s Food Escapes.
His Malaga outlet is safe for now, as are his two Jamie’s Italian restaurants and Jamie Oliver’s Diner in Gatwick Airport.
“The group had recently undertaken a process to secure additional investment into the business and, since the beginning of this year, Jamie Oliver has made available additional funds of £4m to support the fundraising,” administrators KPMG said in a statement.
It comes after Oliver angered Spain by bastardising a traditional Valencian paella with chorizo in 2016.
This came after another cultural row in 2014, when peeved West Africans slammed the chef for making his own version of beloved dish jollof rice.