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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is gearing up for a global expansion of his Italian restaurant brand. The British chef plans to open 16 restaurants across the world, from Russia to Brasil, Reuters reports.
Oliver's plans for 2013 include opening restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Singapore, Istanbul, Canberra in Australia, and a second restaurant in Dubai. Long-term plans include restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
''In 2013 we will continue our international restaurant expansion and delivering outstanding products with real added value, great customer service and a range of delicious and nutritious meals,'' John Jackson, chairman of the Jamie Oliver Group of Companies, said in a statement.
The first Jamie's Italian opened in Oxford five years ago and the business has grown to over 30 restaurans worldwide.