Jamie Oliver, who has 41 restaurants in the UK, opened a restaurant at Nice Airport in France in July
He’s built an £150million empire from his restaurants and cookbooks.
But Jamie Oliver’s latest venture – his first restaurant in France – has been slammed by customers who say the coffee is ‘undrinkable’, the service ‘abysmal’ and the food ‘bland and overpriced’.
The celebrity chef, who has 41 restaurants in the UK, opened Jamie’s Deli at Nice Airport in France in July, alongside a Jamie’s Italian.
The Deli, which sells coffee, cakes, salads and sandwiches, has sweeping views of the runway, which is on the edge of a cliff that plunges into the sea.
But although the views are impressive, it seems the same cannot be said about the food or the service.
Customers have taken to Twitter in hordes to criticise the Deli’s ‘incompetent’ staff and ‘dry’ food.
One wrote: ‘Jamie Oliver at Nice airport is understaffed and staff are incompetent- undercooked toasty and no plates!
‘All this for €17’, while another added: ‘Outraged at the standard of food in the Deli, Nice airport, €8 for a Caesar salad with lettuce on the turn and rubber chicken’.
And another Twitter user slammed the restaurant, saying: ‘Food dry, food run out, food overpriced. No butter/jam for croissant. No happy at all’.
The Deli’s website promises to ‘tantalise passenger taste buds’ with ‘delicious freshly-baked cakes and pastries’, but customers claimed the croissants they were served were far from fresh.
Daniel Williams, 27, from London, visited the airport earlier this month hoping to enjoy a quick coffee and a croissant before his flight but was ‘outraged’ by his experience.
Customers have taken to Twitter in hordes to criticise the Deli’s ‘incompetent’ staff and ‘dry’ food. Pictured is Nice Airport, where the restaurant is located (stock photo)
‘I ordered two cappuccinos and croissants and what we got was cold, over frothed cappuccinos and cold, soggy croissants which had clearly been cooked days ago and kept in a fridge – they were anything but French’, he said.
‘I was outraged by the service and the food. When we complained about the coffee being cold, the rude waitress heated the drinks up with the milk frother instead of giving us new ones – we couldn’t believe it.
‘There was a big French group next to us who complained to the staff – he’s clearly not pleasing the locals either.’
Oliver, who was awarded an MBE for his services to hospitality in 2003, has always prided himself on using quality ingredients in his outlets.
But customers have urged the 42-year-old, who opened his first restaurant in 2008, to go to France to sort out the restaurant’s problems as he would be ‘ashamed’ of the food.
‘Get yourself to Nice’, wrote one customer on Twitter. ‘Your deli is whack. Letting the side down. Coffee is gross… over sugary/ oily food’.
A representative for Oliver has been contacted for comment.