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Brit Jamie Oliver opens first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Toronto today

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Here’s wishing the geezer some pukka luck in Toronto

There’s no denying that Jamie Oliver is an Essex lad who’s done really well for himself. With a net worth of around $400 million, the food industry has certainly been good to him.

Now when his fans in Toronto get a craving for a stellar spag bol or similar, they can head to Jamie’s Italian restaurant in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre that opened today.

As the press release states, “Jamie’s Italian is the result of a collaboration between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor Gennaro Contaldo. The beautiful fresh food and the relaxed setting reflect their love for the Italian way of life and their sociable attitude towards food. Since the opening of the first restaurant in 2008 in Oxford, England, Jamie’s Italian has grown to over 60 restaurants worldwide, including sites in Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil and Moscow.”

We’re hoping it does well over here. A quick Google search brings up this article from the Daily Mail: Jamie’s one-star meals: Customers give Jamie Oliver’s Italian chain the lowest marks of any comparable restaurants as staff slam conditions.

The Brits in Toronto crew plan to check it out when we do our Crimbo shopping soon.

Buona fortuna, Jamie!

Come on Jamie Oliver, you old geezer, please open a restaurant in Toronto!

Jamie Oliver's stunt double takes one for the team in the latest Sobeys advert

Jamie Oliver’s stunt double takes one for the team in the latest Sobeys advert

We first got to hear about chef Jamie Oliver in his TV series The Naked Chef where he pounded out his tenderloin to the delight of British housewives everywhere.

Since then, Jamie has learned to cook REALLY well, has a thing for herb gardens, plays the drums and — although he’s from Essex — is still a good British lad.

He has recently teamed up with Sobeys and, even though the latest advert is a bit cheesy, this might be good news. If Jamie is forming closer Canadian ties, maybe we can hope for a Toronto restaurant in the near future?

Fair play to the geezer, the best ravioli I ever had was in Jamie’s restaurant Fifteen. Always remember it, and I’m not a massive pasta fan. Even more impressive is that most of the chefs are young apprentices who had a rough start in life.

So, Jamie, me old mucker, geezer and other cliched slang terms — please consider doing the same thing in Toronto! It would be pukka to have a celebrity Brit chef in town. We love our food here and I could definitely help spread the word around the foodie community.