The restaurant empire of former MasterChef judge George Calombaris has been put into voluntary administration, with most venues required to stop trading immediately.
KordaMentha, an advisory and investment firm, has been appointed as administrators of 22 companies in Calombaris’ Made Establishment group.
According to a statement from KordaMentha this afternoon, “The appointment excludes the Yo-Chi operations which will continue to trade as usual.”
“All other venues have stopped trading immediately. Employees have been paid all outstanding wages and superannuation up to the date of the appointment.”
Made was founded by Calombaris 13 years ago and currently operates 12 restaurants and food venues in Melbourne.
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Calombaris shared his “deep sadness and regret” earlier today on Instagram.
“To all my team, I truly regret it has come to this. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your loyalty and friendship,” he wrote.
“On a personal note, the last few months have been the most challenging I have ever faced… I am so sorry all our collective efforts have not proved to be enough. I’m gutted that it’s come to this.”
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