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Jamie Oliver staff to be offered interviews with Frankie and Benny's

Frankie and Benny's, the Italian American restaurant chain, is offering hope to all former employees of Jamie Oliver's restaurants after the chain announced closure plans.

The celebrity chef announced earlier this week that he was putting his restaurants into administration - with 22 of his 25 outlets closing putting 1,000 people out of work.

But now Frankie and Benny's has promised all 1,000 former team members from Jamie’s Italian a guaranteed interview, if they want to continue working in the catering sector.

Sad days for the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
Sad days for the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

Frankie and Benny’s have more than 250 restaurants nationwide, including one in Lockmeadow, Maidstone; Longbridge Road, Tunbridge Wells; Chariot Way, Rochester, and Hempstead Valley, Gillingham.

The company said it wanted to help those individuals that had been affected by Jamie Oliver’s restaurants going into administration.

Frankie & Benny’s said anyone who has lost their job with Jamie’s Italian could send their CV to opportunities@trgplc.computting ‘Jobs for Jamie’ in the subject line, for a guaranteed telephone interview.

There are jobs waiting at Frankie and Benny's
There are jobs waiting at Frankie and Benny's

Bridget Hutchinson, a director at Frankie and Benny’s, said: “It was very shocking to hear the news about Jamie’s Italian earlier this week.

"Discussing it with the team, we wanted to do something to help the hundreds of employees who were let go and job less as a result.

“We hope by offering any employees an interview so we can help them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. So, if you are in need due to the recent news please get in touch, we have jobs waiting for you!”

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