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ABC – 7:30: Leigh Sales interviews chef and former Master Chef judge George Calombaris

01/08/2019

George Calombaris, Celebrity Chef gives an exclusive interview at Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

He discusses underpaying his staff and his highly public departure from Master Chef

Celebrity chef George Calombaris says he is sorry for underpaying his restaurant staff and hopes he can now be a “voice for change” in the hospitality industry.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the matter, the former MasterChef judge told 7.30’s Leigh Sales he was “gutted” when he realised he had underpaid staff at a number of his restaurants $7.8 million.

His company MAdE has since back paid the current and former employees, and will make a $200,000 “contrition payment” under a court-enforceable undertaking made with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

“I won’t forget that afternoon in 2017 when we sat there with my new business partners after we’d done a full audit for the business and discovered the underpayments,” Calombaris told 7.30. MORE AT LINK

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