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Jamie Oliver chef admits to theft

Tom Baisden (back left) and Jamie Oliver (front right)
Tom Baisden appeared on TV show Jamie's Chef with the celebrity

A chef trained by Jamie Oliver has admitted being part of a 1m jewellery heist at an Essex airport.

Tom Baisden, 26, admitted theft, conspiracy and perverting the course of justice in connection with a raid at a warehouse at Southend Airport in 2001.

Boxes full of Cartier watches and other jewellery were snatched in the raid, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Baisden, from Essex, who appeared on the Channel 4 show Jamie's Chef, was bailed until sentencing on 9 October.

He graduated from Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in 2007 and finished runner-up on the TV show and planned to set up his own business with a fellow contestant.

Oliver declined to comment on the case.

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