Sadly, Novelli and his restaurant empire went bankrupt but things seem to be turning around.
In 2005, Jean-Christophe opened the Novelli Academy, a highly regarded cooking school. Novelli recently opened the White Horse in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, the first gastropub (brasserie) in his "Touch of Novelli" project. A total of 10 gastropubs are planned around Britain.
Novelli was born in 1961.