Goldsmith claimed to have flushed Jamie Oliver's head down a toilet
A conman who endeared himself to his victims by claiming to be friends with Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Kenneth Goldsmith, 40, formerly of Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, claimed to have trained as a chef in Paris.
He persuaded entrepreneurs to set up in business with him then used the firm's money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
He admitted 20 counts of fraud, theft and using criminal property totalling £120,000 at Lincoln Crown Court.
The court heard Goldsmith used the money to pay for five-star holidays, Aston Martin cars and helicopter rides with his partner Kirsty Emmans, 38.
Emmans had also earlier admitted 11 counts of fraud and one charge of theft totalling £70,000.
The court was told the pair ran a gastro-pub in Norton Disney, which was successful at first but Goldsmith then began to pay the bills with his victims' money.
Jonathan Dee, prosecuting, said: "In essence this is about a series of frauds based around a common prowess of Mr Goldsmith's larger-than-life but false persona.
"One anecdote he kept telling people was that when he was much younger he flushed Jamie Oliver's head down the toilet.
"He was actually a very talented conman and, indeed, the celebrity chef persona had an element of truth to it because he had managed to get on television a number of times."
John Lennon, defending, said: "It's been said that this defendant is something of a Walter Mitty character and perhaps a fantasist.
"It was said he suffered a mental breakdown a few years ago and may have mental health issues."