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Feeling the Brexit pinch? Jamie Oliver heads to Davos

Last week the nation was dealt some devastating news when Jamie Oliver announced that he was closing not one but six branches of his restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian. While the chef-turned-campaigner put the decision down to the ‘tough market’ after the Brexit vote, other theories have since materialised — from the restaurant’s banality to Tanya Gold’s scathing review.

Yet before one begins to feel too bad for struggling Oliver post-Brexit, Mr S has reason to believe that the chef might not be feeling the pinch after all. Steerpike can reveal that Oliver is on the attendee list for… Davos. Yes, next week the chef is scheduled to join the global elite to discuss the world’s woes from the safe sanctuary of a luxury ski resort. Given that burgers are known to fetch well over £30 at the conference, perhaps Oliver will have at last found a safe place for his restaurant prices…

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to or message @MrSteerpike

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