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Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant Goes Bankrupt

Famous celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was “deeply saddened” to announce that his Great Britain restaurants have gone bankrupt. This means 22 out of 25 locations will end up being closed and about 1,300 people might be out of a job. 

Jamie Oliver’s chain struggled with debt and a saturated market for a long time, writes The New York Times. According to KPMG, the firm hired to administer the business for creditors, not all employees will be out of a job, more like 1,000 out of 1,300. The only three restaurants that will stay in business are two Jamie’s Italian restaurants and a Jamie’s Diner at Gatwick Airport. They will remain open indefinitely.

“I’m devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration. I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the people who have put their hearts and souls into this business over the years,” wrote Oliver on Twitter when he broke the news.

Jamie Oliver shut down restaurants in 2017 as well

This isn’t the first time the celebrity chef had to close restaurants. In 2017, he had to shut down 6 Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the United Kingdom. He said at the time that Brexit is the main culprit, especially because the ingredients he used in his Italian-inspired restaurants got more expensive.

The restaurant group got started a decade ago and had Jamie’s Italian, Jamie Oliver’s Diner and Barbecoa steakhouses. The chef became famous thanks to his cooking shows and he also launched cookbooks and a cooking website.

Some of his restaurants had at-risk youth as employees, in a social component that allowed the teenagers to learn the trade and also have means of sustaining themselves. Oliver also had problems in the United States, when he angered some parents because he wanted school cafeterias to have healthier, more nutritious food.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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VIDEO: Former Franchisee Reveals Subway Is Just About As Unhealthy As You Thought

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It’s no secret that some Subway sandwiches are less healthy than others. If weight loss is your goal, you know you’d have better luck with the Oven Roasted Chicken on wheat than the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on Honey Oat. What you might not know is just how much leeway the sandwich chain affords itself when labeling its “healthier” options. Hint: it’s kind of, sort of, a lot.

You may have noticed on every Subway menu board, there’s a neat little call out that lets customers know which sandwiches contain exactly 6 grams of fat or less. But beneath that helpful bit of branding, there’s even more helpful fine print that clarifies the label only applies for 6″-ers made with white or wheat bread, and without cheese, certain add-ons, or condiments.

Duh, you might be thinking. Of course my Roast Beef with bacon, Swiss, avocado, and chipotle sauce on Italian Herb and Cheese contains a whole, whopping 43 grams of fat — 20 of which comes just from the dressing alone. I knew that. For reference, a McDonald’s Big Mac contains 530 calories and 27 grams of fat. Yet you and many others continue to make similar orders. So is it Subway’s fault for being mildly misleading, or ours for just not giving a f*ck?

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Former Australian Subway franchisee Arun Singhal adamantly blames the Sub. In a recently leaked video, the disgruntled business owner goes “behind the scenes” to argue that, because many people order their sandwiches with cheese and condiments, Subway’s nutritional information should readily reflect so. According to media reports, Singhal claims he brought his concerns to Subway’s corporate offices both in Australia and the U.S., after which he was victimized by the “Sandwich Mafia” and forced to close his store. He then created a series of videos and a website exposing the chain’s not-so-secret secret and demanded compensation for his losses — reportedly up to $35 million.

The video of Singhal’s little expose — which is supposedly under legal ban by the Supreme Court of Victoria, but is also readily available for public viewing on Youtube — can be seen here.

But what does it mean for any of us? Will we sacrifice our favorite toppings — quite possibly the only things that make Subway sandwiches tolerable — just to fit a number? Will we throw up our arms in outrage for Subway’s supposed lies? Or, more likely, will we continue to enjoy our bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato subs with creamy sriracha sauce, in delicious, ignorant, bliss?

My money, and cholesterol, are heavily on the latter.