Gordon Ramsay: Brexit will be a "kick up the arse" for lazy British workers

 
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Brexit will breathe new life into the UK's restaurant industry and give a "kick up the arse" to lazy British workers, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has said.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Ramsay said the UK's restaurant industry relies too much on an "influx" of migrants.

"They level of influx 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 said.

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Ramsay suggested a curb on workers from the EU could spur a new generation to venture into kitchens.

"If anything, it's a big kick up the arse for the industry, and it's going to get back to the modern-day apprenticeship," he said.

"So not only do I welcome that kind of change, but I think it's going to put a lot more emphasis on home-grown talent, which I think we need to do."

He also criticised fellow TV chef Jamie Oliver for, among other things, being too political.

“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.”

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