This Morning star ‘unable to pay staff’ as business winds up with £5,000,000 losses
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 20
A business of a This Morning star has incurred over £5 million in losses (Picture: ITV)

One of ’s restaurant chains has been unable to pay former staff after suffering more than £5 million in losses.

, 47, has been a regular on breakfast programme since 2009 and has also presented various shows including There’s No Taste Like Home, Let’s Do Lunch, Gino’s Italian Escape .

Away from the cameras Italian-born Gino also owns 11 restaurants around the UK, co-owns Bontà Italia Ltd, a supplier of Italian ingredients, has a line of ready-made meals with , sells pizza ovens and has released several cookbooks.

However, over the past few years, one of his businesses .

In 2022 Gino put his My Pasta Bar business into liquidation.

The money currently owed includes £4.8m to trade creditors, £113,975 to HMRC and £53,304 to staff.

Gino D’Acampo’s pasta chain My Pasta Bar went into liquidation in 2022 (Picture: Ken McKay/ ITV/ REX/ Shutterstock)

In a final account to creditors and members, the company said: ‘Overall, I can confirm that the realisations in the liquidation are insufficient to declare a dividend to the unsecured creditors after defraying the expenses of the proceedings.’

The business was wound up this week, with previous reports revealed 49 creditors were not paid, as reported by.

The chain, which was launched in 2012 and offered simple pasta dishes, had London branches in Fleet Street, Leadenhall Market, Euston railway station, Camden and Bishopsgate.

At the time, it was reported the chain owed HMRC £113,000 and another £37,000 in staff wages after the three London restaurants were forced to close.

Last year liquidators also probed the firm over alleged missing company books and the conduct of its major stakeholders.

The £150,000 investigation was launched into why IRG (Old) WWR – formerly Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants Ltd – ended up owing millions after being declared solvent the year before.

The Italian chef previously said the business had struggled in the pandemic (Picture: ITV/ REX/ Shutterstock)

The Family Fortunes host, who earns an estimated £2m a year, made his name on This Morning and won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2009.

In January 2022, he explained how the pandemic had left him deciding to shut the doors on his small chain.

‘We tried it for ten years and then Covid came around and I thought, “You know what? We have to close”,’ he said.

He also added closing My Pasta Bar had ‘nothing to do with any other business that I do’ and was a ‘standalone business going into liquidation’. has contacted representatives for Gino D’Acampo for comment.

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