Martin Williams, CEO of Gaucho and M Restaurants, has invited all employees of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group a fast track to a final interview at his restaurants if they have found their jobs at risk as a result of the recent administration.
The administration which includes Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa and Fifteen, will affect 25 restaurants and at least 1,000 jobs. Williams described the employees whose jobs are under threat as “hospitality heroes” with “a future in the industry at either Gaucho or M Restaurants”.
Williams said: “We are all too familiar with how challenging it is in this industry in our current economic and political climate and I am deeply sorry to hear about the collapse of a much loved and well respected restaurant group.
“With every administration comes a devastating amount of job losses. We recognise the skill and determination that those working for the group have and I believe many of these individuals, who we consider as friends, will be a fantastic fit for Gaucho and M Restaurants. Great and passionate people with an inherent understanding of hospitality and what Jamie Oliver’s group stood for – these hospitality heroes will always be welcome at our restaurants.”
Gaucho itself came out of a CVA process last September where 750 jobs were saved and has since seen a six month period of double digit like-for-like cover growth.