JAMIE Oliver has claimed all of his restaurants would be forced to close if they did not employ European immigrants who are willing to work long hours in hot conditions.
The TV chef compared young British people with their peers from the continent, telling Good Housekeeping magazine that Brits are “wet” in comparison to “tougher” Europeans.
Oliver, who runs more than 30 branches of Jamie’s Italian restaurants across the UK, including one in Cheltenham, outlined his belief that “our European immigrant friends” are better suited to hard work.
He said: “If we didn’t have any [European immigrants], all of my restaurants would close tomorrow. There wouldn’t be any Brits to replace them.”
Oliver was criticised yesterday after making remarks about the diets of people on lower incomes who buy big televisions instead of healthy food.