Jamie to open Dublin eaterie

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will follow up his appearance at the Taste of Dublin festival by opening his own restaurant in the capital, it emerged yesterday.

The Londoner will open his first venture on Irish soil when Jamie’s Italian opens in the Dundrum Town Centre later this year.

Diners won’t be the only ones shouting Jamie’s now-ditched trademark ‘Pukka’ catchphrase at the news, as 75 job opportunities will open up as part of the venture.

Details of the positions to be filled are already available on the jamieoliver.com website and include senior chefs, waiting and bar staff, and managers.

The Dundrum venture will be added to the 29 existing restaurants in the Jamie’s Italian chain, with eateries in a string of cities across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as in Sydney and Dubai.

Work will soon begin on the 4,500sq ft unit in the Pembroke area of Dundrum Town Centre ahead of the scheduled autumn opening.

The food on offer will be Italian dishes created by Jamie and his mentor, Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo.

The chain’s international operations chef Marcos Georgiou is already visiting potential farms and factories in Ireland, alongside Irish restaurateur Gerry Fitzpatrick, to identify possible suppliers for the restaurant.

In a statement, Jamie said the planned opening of one of his Italian restaurants in Dublin was “a dream come true for me because it’s a city I’ve loved for many years”.

“Anyone who has been to a Jamie’s Italian in the UK knows that we’re all about delicious, affordable food and great staff, so we’re on the hunt for around 75 fantastic local people to join our team as chefs and front-of-house staff.”

Anyone making a booking might need to remember Jamie has stopped using his catchphrases, including “wicked”, “lovely jubbly” and “pukka” for fear they were becoming annoying. No doubt Dubliners can give him a host of new ones come autumn.


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