Jamie Oliver opens Dublin restaurant creating 75 jobs
CELEBRITY chef Jamie Oliver is to open a new restaurant at Dundrum Town Centre creating 75 new jobs in the process.
The 4,500 sq ft, Italian-themed restaurant will open in the Autumn.
It is understood recruitment for the project has already begun with senior chefs and managers now being sought.
Work is also underway to indentify Irish food suppliers and his international operations chef Marcos Georgiou has already begun visiting farms.
Mr Oliver described the project as "a dream come true for me because it's a city I've loved for many years.
He said the restaurant would be about affordable, good food.
"So we're currently on the hunt for 75 fantastic local people to join our team as chefs and front of house staff.
"We'll be sourcing loads of wonderful local produce to give the place a really special feel and I can't wait for us to be open," he said.
He will also open the Taste of Dublin festival this summer.
The organisers have been trying to get him on board since the festival started 2006.
Mr Oliver will open the festival on Thursday, June 14 at Iveagh Gardens and give a demonstration in the chefs tent which has a seating capacity of 120 people.
Others chefs taking part include home-growns like Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Catherine Fulvio and Rachel Allen..
The entry fee has been reduced to a recession friendly €20 from €25.
Mr Oliver’s high street restaurant collection 'Jamie's Italian' is popular across the UK and his Fifteen restaurant group, which was founded in 2002, provides training for young people in three locations around the world.
In 1997, he was featured in a TV documentary about the River Cafe and soon afterwards was offered his own show, The Naked Chef.
The book of the same name became an instant bestseller and he has had numerous others published.
Born in 1975, he is one of the most famous celebrity chefs of his generation.
He took an early interest in food and grew up in Essex where his parents still runThe Cricketers pub and restaurant.