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Out of the frying pan: Jamie Oliver’s bruising encounter with Dublin diners

Jamie Oliver’s new Dublin restaurant got flak over an offensive cartoon before it had even opened its doors – and now that it’s open, the food reviewers have their knives out

Jamie Oliver’s Chequer Lane opened last month to mostly poor reviews

It didn’t start well, and it hasn’t got much better, for Jamie Oliver since he re-announced his plan to open a new restaurant in Dublin. First came a public relations hiccup over a questionable cartoon displayed in the window of what would become Chequer Lane, and now, a collection of not-so-kind reviews have served up a fresh setback.

In early September, when the fitout for Oliver’s new venue was under way, a poster was erected ...