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Jamie starts hunt for staff here as he gets ready to open his Italian

DOZENS of hopeful chefs have applied to work at Jamie Oliver's new Dublin restaurant.

The star unveiled his aim to open an eaterie in the Pembroke district of Dundrum Town Centre recently and within hours was inundated with job applications.

The aim is to create 75 new jobs with the new project Jamie's Italian.

And the company made it clear that it wanted to bring the jobs to the Irish population as well as relying heavily on local Irish produce where possible.

A representative told the Herald that the company had received a number of CVs.

"I know there were a number of CVs in at the end of that day," a company source said.

"We are just looking for senior management and head chefs at the moment. So they are quite specific.

"But details on how to apply for other posts will be available shortly."

Jamie Oliver will join a bill of Irish and internationally famous chefs who will feature throughout Taste of Dublin festival this summer, alongside Valentine Warner, Rachel Allen, Oliver Dunne, Ross Lewis and Derry Clarke.

And he said that he was looking forward to revealing more about the location of the restaurant and details of job openings when he visits Ireland later this month.

"Jamie's Italian opening in Dublin is a dream come true for me because it's a city I've loved for many years," he said.

"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 currently on the hunt for around 75 fantastic local people to join our team as chefs and front of house staff."