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Jamie Oliver Shutters Two of His London Cooking Schools

According to angry staff and customers, Recipease was closed without notice.

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World-saving chef Jamie Oliver has two fewer spots in his empire: The Daily Mail reports the chef's hybrid cafe/cooking-school concept Recipease has closed two of its three London locations. The establishments, which promised to teach guests "to cook Jamie-style from as little as £30 per person," debuted in 2009 as part of Oliver's goal to "create buzzing little community hubs where people can really get involved with food," according to its official website. Although Recipease's Notting Hill flagship remains open, the Daily Mail reports employees at both shuttered spots were caught off-guard with the closures, and many patrons who booked upcoming classes were not notified of their cancellation. (An announcement on the official site now promises to "transfer your booking to Notting Hill, or alternatively offer you a full refund.")

It's been a rollercoaster year for Oliver: In January, Oliver announced he was closing three locations of his flatbread concept Union Jack's, citing a "challenging climate." Just two months later, the British chef confirmed he was getting in on the cruise ship game, opening locations of his Jamie's Italian concept on two Quantum of the Seas ships (there are also plans in the works to open "as many as 10" Jamie's Italian concepts throughout Canada). Oliver also recently lost a baking contest to Taylor Swift — maybe he should've sat in on a Recipease class?

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