Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Brexit news: How Gordon Ramsay told ‘luvvie’ Jamie Oliver to leave UK after Brexit | UK | News

Earlier this week, TV chef Jamie Oliver told BBC Radio 4 that the collapse of 25 of his restaurants was because of Brexit uncertainty and high streets becoming “Uber-fied”. Ahead of the release of his new cookbook, Veg, the 44-year-old said: “The world changed, the high street changed – it started to become Uber-fied… “There’s that chain reaction, throw in a bit of Brexit, say the B-word, confidence goes and people’s habits changed.”

Around 1,000 jobs were lost when 25 of Mr Oliver’s outlets – including Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa and Fifteen – went into administration in May.

The comments sparked uproar from Brexiteers, including from British chef Marco Pierre White, who accused Mr Oliver of being “delusional” over the collapse of his restaurant empire.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, Mr White said: “I have read Jamie is blaming his business failure on Brexit but I really don’t understand that at all.

“Wouldn’t that mean then all restaurants have gone bust too?

“I don’t think he can blame Brexit. It’s the lamest excuse in the world. I think it is wrong to blame Brexit. We’re all in the same boat. If it’s Brexit’s fault we’d all be bust.

“How can you blame everyone but yourself? Is he delusional?”

Mr White also revealed he had dined at Mr Oliver’s restaurant in Gatwick Airport twice and described the experience as “horrific” due to long waiting times.

It is not the first time Mr Oliver blames his failures on the result of the 2016 referendum, though.

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In 2017, the TV chef announced he would leave the UK if Brexit happened.

This time, it was Gordon Ramsay who hit out at the “luvvie” chef, urging him to stay true to his word.

Speaking on the Radio Times, Mr Ramsay said: “No disrespect, but we’re chefs, not politicians.

“When you breathe that stuff down the public’s throat and say, ‘I’m leaving if we have Brexit‘, then, I’m sorry, the door stands open.

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“Stand for what you say.

“Sadly, the only time he opens his mouth is when he’s got something to promote.”

In 2017, Mr Oliver, who lives in a £6million 16th century Essex mansion, ploughed £12.7million of his own savings into his struggling business after he received a phone call telling him he had two hours to rescue the company.

Mr Oliver, who is worth an estimated £240million, made an emergency cash injection of £7.5million to keep the flailing business afloat, followed by a further £5.2million over the following months.

However, it was deemed to require further investment.

He said he was “devastated” and “deeply saddened by the outcome” in a statement.

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