1/3 of the Masterchef judgernaut, George Calombaris, is in hot water after an administrative cock-up resulted in a huge number of his staff being underpaid to the tune of $2.6 million.
“You, our amazing team, are the key to our success. I am so sorry we have messed up and let you down on a fundamental issue,” he wrote. “I am devastated by what has happened and we have been working extremely hard to fix this. I want to be clear that getting it right means ensuring that every single one of our team members is paid what they are entitled to under the industry award, and that any outstanding money owed to staff is rectified as our highest priority.”
MAdE has blamed its restaurants’ rapid growth in the company – and subpar HR systems – on the oversight, though the Fair Work Ombudsman did flag the potential issue back in 2015.