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Worrall Thompson’s restaurants in administration 8 February 2009

The celebrity chef broke the news personally to the 60 staff, who were all made redundant, after the administrator was ‘stuck in snow’.  January’s wages remain unpaid.  Worrall Thompson has bought two restaurants, in Windsor and Kew, back from the administrator for a reported £250,000. 

Top-class restaurants throughout the UK have seen a dramatic slowdown in business as high-flying bankers turn to extra-value meals and packed lunches. And it seems the celebrity name isn't helping - Tom Aiken saw his two restaurants collapse in October, owing suppliers £850k.  He also bought back his restaurants in a deal with a private equity fund.Fishworks, a chain of expensive fish and chip restaurants run by Mitch Tonks, failed in early January.

French masterchef Jean-Christophe Novelli's chain of gastropubs has also been struggling, though he insisted his businesses were doing "better than ever".

Gordon Ramsay’s empire is also on the chopping block – he has a business overdraft of £10.5m and has missed the deadline for filing accounts for his company.  Administration is likely, which will be humiliating for the Kitchen Nightmares presenter.



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