MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris’ restaurant empire collapses

Calombaris posted the news to his Instagram account, expressing "deep sadness and regret"

MasterChef Australia, George Calombaris, restaurant, MADE Establishment, Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston
Last year, George Calombaris was fined for underpaying staff at several of his restaurants by millions of Australian dollars. Photo: Facebook

The restaurant empire of former Australian MasterChef judge George Calombaris was placed into voluntary administration on Monday (February 10), a year after his exit from the globally popular show and a scandal with wages at his eateries.

Calombaris posted the news to his Instagram account, expressing “deep sadness and regret” over a move which hands control of the MADE Establishment restaurant group to administrators, who will now decide the future of the business.

“I am so sorry all our collective efforts have not proved to be enough. I’m gutted that its come to this,” Calombaris wrote.

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Last year, Calombaris was fined for underpaying staff at several of his restaurants by millions of Australian dollars.

He and fellow judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston also stepped down from the MasterChef Australia TV show, which had become a cult hit around the world.

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