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Calombaris gave an emotional interview with the ABC after the scandal broke, pleading with customers to stand by his businesses. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Almost all of the 18 venues operated by Made Establishment, including its flagship fine-dining restaurants and Jimmy Grants souvlaki stores, have ceased trading, but the Yo-Chi frozen yoghurt chain will continue to operate. “Small to medium business owners are experts in their chosen craft, service or product, whatever it is they do, but perhaps not in the more complex side of the operation,” Evans, director of the firm Evans Faull, said. In 2017, rich-lister and entrepreneur Radek Sali bought into the Calombaris empire and brought with him a wealth of experience in business.

The decision to shut down the chef’s business comes after it emerged last year that Made Establishment staff were back-paid $7.8m in wages and superannuation in 2017. "While the underpayment occurred prior to our ownership, once we found the error it was us, the directors at Made Establishment, who were the ones to report it," he said. Very large text size George Calombaris' ailing food empire came crashing down on Monday with restaurants closed, administrators appointed and the celebrity chef's Toorak mansion put on the market. “Imagine one person with a calculator and a ledger book in a back office trying to sort out pays for (several hundred) staff and you wouldn’t be too far from what the set-up looked like,” the insider said.

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COMMENT: Does the ‘wage thief monster’ really deserve to be crucified? Mr Shepard said the administrators would seek alternative operators for the venues and engage with other stakeholders in order to realise the group's assets. Celebrity chef George Calombaris has put much of his restaurant empire into voluntary administration. George Colambaris says he is "gutted" over the collapse of the food empire he founded. Activist investors get seats on the board as Europe's debt-stricken mall giant grapples with the legacy of buying Westfield. The Fair Work Ombudsman also hit the company with a $200,000 fine. His first love was restaurants and cooking. He intends to close the doors for several days to allow for liquor licences and other administration to be transferred. When restaurateur George Calombaris closes his flagship fine diner, the Press Club, on June 29, it marks the end of his dream to own the world's No. 'Great restaurants are voted by bums on seats and obviously... don’t punish my people. "On a personal note, the last few months have been the most challenging I have ever faced," he said.

The cost of that is the collapse of the business because people wanted his head.”, George Calombaris pictured when he was a TAFE student in Melbourne.Source:Supplied, Those close to the celebrity chef say the perception that his apparent greed led to the underpayments is most hurtful to him, “He’s very saddened. The latest sales of Jimmy Grants at Emporium in Melbourne's CBD and the original Jimmy Grants in Fitzroy are subject to landlord approval but have been made to a CBD operator with a background in Greek cuisine believed to be the owners of famed 24-hour Greek restaurant Stalactites. At this time, while personally devastated, I remain thankful to my family, friends, the Made team, our loyal and regular customers.”, To join the conversation, please Log in.

Now he has nothing.”. Despite removing his name from the restaurants, which are led by new star chefs, they are still owned by his multi-million dollar MAdE Establishment empire. Mr Shepard said there has been enormous interest in the venues but that transitioning the businesses had been complex and time-consuming, partly because the deals include fresh leases because Calombaris and Mr Sali did not own any of the restaurant premises. “The company tried to do the right thing, wanted to do the right thing,” an insider said. Calombaris began his hospitality business journey as a 26-year-old and things grew at an astronomical rate. His family property in Melbourne’s affluent Toorak has also been listed for sale. His property portfolio also includes a $2.2 million home in Arthurs Seat on the peninsula. There’s a hope that some may survive, but the future is very uncertain. The Hellenic Hotel in Williamstown has also been carefully re-branded into an Argentinian restaurant, Hotel Argentina, run by chef Dan Szwarc. Chef George Calombaris has been fined for underpaying hundreds of staff by nearly $8 million.

'I won't forget that afternoon in 2017 when we sat there with my new business partners after we'd done a full audit for the business and discovered the underpayments,' he said in the interview. For several months, Made Establishment management orchestrated an exhaustive effort to turn things around. “On a personal note, the last few months have been the most challenging I have ever faced. The deals would secure the future of five of the 12 failed restaurants on the chopping block in the firesale but leave another seven restaurants in limbo although hopes remain for at least one more possible sale. The chef tied the knot with his girlfriend-of-11-years Miss Tricarico in September last year. In July last year, Fair Work Australia issued an enforceable undertaking that required the repayment of that amount – the company already had in the months prior – and a contrition penalty of $200,000 for Calombaris. Calombaris paid $4.75 million for the five-bedroom home in McMaster Court at the height of his fame in 2013. Rival restaurateurs have seized the opportunity to own a piece of George Calombaris’ fallen empire, with most of his old restaurants and some of his Jimmy Grants souvlaki outlets close to being sold. Calombaris' restaurants were a go-to place among MasterChef fans. KordaMentha blamed “difficult trading conditions in the hospitality industry” and services such as UberEats for changing customer tastes to cheaper dining options. George Calombaris didn't attend the creditor's meeting on Thursday. “We do not currently hold offers capable of acceptance for the remaining seven venues as we have run out of time. The 41-year-old chef, who earned a seven-figure salary on the Network 10 cooking show, has handed over four of his popular restaurants in the last six months alone. Anything associated with Calombaris became toxic, the source said, keeping away diners who only months earlier would’ve lined up to get in the door.

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