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Fifteen Cornwall safe after Jamie Oliver restaurant collapse

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:14pm 21st May 2019. (Updated at 2:59pm 21st May 2019)

Fifteen Cornwall has promised it is 'open for business' after Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain collapsed.

It has gone into administration just two years after narrowly averting an earlier collapse.

Jamie's Italian chain and his other venues have lined up KPMG to handle an insolvency process.

The move puts as many as 1,300 jobs at risk and deal a blow to the TV chef.

But it has been confirmed that the Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay, which operates under a franchise, will not be affected.

Bosses at the site near Newquay say they are "really sorry" to hear what has happened though.

"We are really sorry to have heard today that the Jamie Oliver restaurants are going into administration.

"Fifteen Cornwall operates independently of the Jamie Oliver restaurant group as a charitable social enterprise under licence to Jamie Oliver and therefore is not affected by the changes in the restaurant group.

"Fifteen Cornwall is very much open for business, continuing the legacy started by Jamie at Fifteen, serving amazing Cornish food, mentoring young people and investing in our team.

"We are currently recruiting chefs and front of house to join our team, ready for a busy summer, get in touch to be part of something amazing!"

Fifteen Cornwall CEO Matthew Thomson

The TV chef says he's "deeply saddened" by the decision which affects UK sites including the Jamie's Italian chain.

"I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade.

"I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.

"I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us over the last decade, it's been a real pleasure serving you.

"We launched Jamie's Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the UK high street, with great value and much higher quality ingredients, best in class animal welfare standards and an amazing team who shared my passion for great food and service. And we did exactly that."

Jamie Oliver

Sources say KPMG has been lined up to handle an insolvency process that will be announced later.

KPMG declined to comment.

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