Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has collapsed

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Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has collapsed into voluntary administration, weeks after it was revealed the celebrity chef's British hospitality company is $126 million in debt.

Oliver has had to put £3m of his own money into the company, as well as closing 12 United Kingdom restaurants in order to keep trading.

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In light of the administration, the Canberra Jamie's Italian site was shut immediately yesterday, Business Insider reports.

Global food and facilities management firm Aramark has partnered with Jamie Oliver in a deal that will see the restaurant group's food concepts put into offices and workplaces.

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Jamie's Italian Canberra has closed suddenly, with the Canberra Centre restaurant not opening on Monday and the phone disconnected. The remaining five sites, in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, will continue to operate, salvaged by a last-minute sale to Brisbane-based Hallmark Group.

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jamie's Italian, took over running the restaurants after franchisee Keystone went into administration two years ago.

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Over the weekend, Oliver said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday that the business was stronger as a result of the adjustments, and insisted that the decisions had saved thousands of jobs. "We have got a great business, and we will bounce back".

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