JOB losses totalling over 1,000 are on the menu after the restaurant empire of TV chef Jamie Oliver collapsed into administration.

The company, which includes 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, plus the Fifteen and Barbecoa restaurants in London and Jamie’s Diner at Gatwick airport, is the latest high-profile insolvency victim of Britain’s beleaguered High Street.

And Yorkshire is among those areas who will be affected by the insolvency news.

Both Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Park Row, Leeds, and Lendal Cellars in York are on the potential closure list triggered by the insolvency.

Its flagship restaurant in Parliament Street, Harrogate, cashed up for the final time last year and closed, after failing to overcome high rents and dwindling customers.

The insolvency is a far cry from the Harrogate restaurant playing a starring role in front of millions of TV viewers tuning into Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway when the duo played a prank on the unsuspecting Oliver.

While he saw the funny side of that joke, Oliver was not smiling when he announced his company’s administration after losing its long struggle against insolvency.

He tweeted: “I’m devastated that our much-loved UK restaurants have gone into administration and deeply saddened by this outcome.”

Oliver found fame as TV’s Naked Chef, where he stripped down classic recipes to the bare essentials.

Following his company’s insolvency and the risk posed to more than 1,000 jobs, the naked truth is that the British public’s love affair with celebrity chefs may have lost its appetite.

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Mary Taylor

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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