Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says European migrants beat Brits at work
LONDON (REUTERS) - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, already under fire for criticising the diet of Britain's poor, has said all his restaurants would close immediately if it were not for European immigrants who make far better workers than "wet behind the ears" Britons.
The gabby 38-year old, who inspired home cooks across Britain with his "pukka tukka" or nutritious food recipes, said European workers were tougher and stronger than their British contemporaries and willing to work longer hours in hot kitchens.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, the television chef whose cheeky working class personality has driven up his TV viewing figures and recipe book sales, criticised Britons for complaining about work hours restricted to 48 hours under European Union regulations.
"And they still whinge about it. British kids particularly, I have never seen anything so wet behind the ears. I have mummies phoning up for 23-year-olds saying to me, 'My son is too tired.' On a 48-hour-week! Are you having a laugh?," he said.