The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver slices fish during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show in Miami Beach, Florida February 22, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain went into administration Tuesday, leaving 1,000 people without jobs as the majority of branches ceased trading immediately in the latest blow for Britain's high street. Oliver, 43, a well-known figure in Britain and beyond for his popular TV shows and top-selling cookery books, founded his Jamie's Italian brand of high-street restaurants in 2008 .There will be about 1,000 redundancies as 22 of 25 branches closed immediately, administrators KPMG said, with Gatwick Airport's two Jamie's Italian branches and Jamie Oliver's Diner staying open in the short term.The administration, a form of creditor protection, also affects Barbecoa, a steakhouse, and Fifteen London -- Oliver's first restaurant which he founded in 2002, a social enterprise designed to train young unemployed people.
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