George Calombaris reveals he was 'drinking a lot to deal with the pain' before hitting rock bottom

MAY 15, 2014 – The Department of Health investigates after diners who ate at the Hellenic Republic at Kew fell ill. It is later confirmed norovirus affected about 100 people

APRIL, 2017 – It’s revealed about $2.6 million in back payments were dished out to 162 workers employed by Made Establishment because of payroll ‘discrepancies’ dating back to 2011.

MAY 10, 2017 – Calombaris is charged with assault over a fight with a 19-year-old at an A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in Sydney a few days earlier

MAY 16, 2017 – Melbourne man David Peter Schreuder sues the Hellenic Republic restaurant and Made Establishment group over the norovirus encephalitis outbreak

AUGUST 17, 2017 – The chef pleads guilty to assault over the A-League incident

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 – He hands in his Melbourne Victory No. 1 ticket due to the assault

OCTOBER 20, 2017 – Calombaris is fined $1,000 for the A-League assault

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – His assault conviction is overturned on appeal after a District Court judge agreed with Calombaris’ lawyer that he had suffered significant financial and personal loss, and was unlikely to re-offend

JULY 18, 2019 – The Fair Work Ombudsman fines the MasterChef Australia judge and his Made Establishment company $200,000 for underpaying staff at his restaurants by nearly $8 million

JULY 22, 2019 – The West Australian government suspends its tourism campaign featuring Calombaris over the Fair Work Obudsman fine

JULY 23, 2019 – Calombaris and fellow judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan leave MasterChef after contract negotiations fail

FEBRUARY 10, 2020 – It is reported Made could fall into voluntary administration, putting the futures of 500 workers at its 18 restaurants at risk. 

MAY 2020-  the Yo Chi Frozen Yoghurt chain owned by George Calombaris is told off, marking the end to the celebrity chef’s restaurant empire. 

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