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Gordon Ramsay has welcomed Brexit as an opportunity to revamp the UK’s restaurant industry, calling the country “lazy” and needing a “big kick up the a***.”
In an interview with the Radio Times, the British chef said: “That level of multinational workers in this country has sort of confirmed how lazy as a nation we are – when individuals from across the seas are prepared to come and work twice as hard for less money.”
He added: “If anything, it’s a big kick up the a*** for the industry, and it’s going to get back to the modern-day apprenticeship.
“So not only do I welcome that kind of change, but I think it’s going to put a lot more emphasis on homegrown talent, which I think we need to do.”
Apprenticeships are practical job training undertaken by students over 16 in the UK.
About 75% of waitstaff and a quarter of chefs in the UK are non-British EU nationals, according to a KPMG study of the British hospitality industry published this March.
Around one in 10, or 528,000 16- to 24-year-olds in Britain are unemployed, the House of Commons Library said last month.
Ramsay burns Oliver
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Ramsay also criticised fellow chef Jamie Oliver for backing Remain. Oliver also said he would leave the UK if Boris Johnson became prime minister soon after the referendum last year. “I beg you one thing Great Britain… Give me Boris f****** Johnson as our Prime Minister and I’m done,” he said on Instagram.
Ramsay said: “No disrespect, but we’re chefs, not politicians. When you breathe that stuff down the public’s throat and say, ‘I’m leaving if we have Brexit,’ then, I’m sorry, the door stands open. Stand for what you say. Sadly, the only time he opens his mouth is when he’s got something to promote.”