Jamie Oliver's restaurant chain went bust owing £83million — including £90 to window cleaners

JAMIE Oliver’s Italian chain collapsed owing nearly £83million — including £90 to a window cleaner.

The restaurants had debts with 288 companies, including £4,471 to cleaners, £2,461 to a lightbulb company and even £26 to a brown paper bag supplier.

Also among the creditors is Manchester Window Cleaners, which was called in to clean a city centre branch the day before the TV chef’s chain went bust.

A manager said: “On the day we were there it was obvious something was going on.

“But they let us clean the windows when they knew it was shutting the next day.

“I don’t wish any harm on Jamie but there seemed a lack of mourning on his part.

"I understand these decisions will be made by insolvency firms but straight away Jamie was back on TV.

"If he had apologised it would have helped.”

Jamie, 44, has since launched an overseas restaurant chain.


Yet Barden Facilities Management, in Petersfield, Hants, says it is owed £40,000.

Boss Stuart Barden, 53, said: “Seeing him on TV moaning about what a hard time he’s had makes me furious, when I’m picking up the tab.”

The chef owes L.A. Husbands Ltd in Halesowen, West Mids, £3,800 for dumb waiters.

Boss Keith Holmes said: “Jamie’s Italian was flawed from the off.”

The owner of a London artisan food supplier said: “It’s galling to see him setting up new restaurants while we pay for his last failed attempt.

"We lost a lot of money which we’ll never see again.”

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