We’ve all heard of the man. Now get ready for the restaurant.
English celebrity chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver, who is known for his food TV shows and cookbooks, is bringing his largest restaurant chain – Jamie’s Italian – to Taiwan next year.
According to William Lyon, the CEO of Big Cat Group, the company that first introduced Jamie’s Italian to Hong Kong, Jamie’s Italian will open in Taiwan in 2016, with Taipei being the possible location.
The first ever Jamie’s Italian restaurant was opened by Oliver and Oliver’s mentor, Italian chef and restauranteur Gennaro Contaldo, in Oxford in 2008.
The duo began with the idea of creating an accessible and affordable restaurant where customers can enjoy authentic, rustic dishes using tried and tested recipes with a current and Jamie twist.
Each restaurant is uniquely designed to incorporate not just the history of the building but also the personality of the city, creating “an environment where the focus is on exceptional food, good company and the relaxed conviviality of the ‘Italian table'”.
There are now fifty-one Jamie’s Italian sating the hunger of food connoisseurs globally, with three stores in Asia – one in Singapore and two in Hong Kong.
From the looks of every Jamie’s Italian opened so far, we can safely expect a lavish interior with open kitchens, where customers can observe chefs cook with fresh, sustainable ingredients in a casual setting.
What’s more, seasonal menus and great authentic Italian food are some things we can look forward to.
Big Cat Group has the right of management of Jamie’s Italian chain in Hong Kong and says it will also be looking to expand to China.