A bit of good news to cheer us all up:
Oliver’s bid to extend his publishing phenomenon into a global restaurant empire has so far failed and instead cost him millions in cash and reams of bad headlines around the world, especially in his native Britain as well as in Australia.
Last time I said anything negative about Jamie Oliver (on Twitter) hundreds of restaurant people went berserk at myself and Christopher Snowdon (who had also made fun of him). So let me say here that I don’t wish to see anyone lose their jobs, but I would like to see all these people employed by a better restauranter than Oliver.
I’ve never had a good meal in a Jamie Oliver restaurant. And I’ve never met anyone else who has. And the fact is that there are too many middle-of-the-road restaurants chains like his for the market. They can’t all survive. But I like the fact that Jamie Oliver is paying for a lot of people out of his own pocket. It’s part-payback for Turkey Twizzlers.