Jamie slams young Brit work­ers

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

TV chef Jamie Oliver has called Bri­tish youth “wet be­hind the ears”, say­ing that Euro­pean im­mi­grants are much “tougher” work­ers.

The star said that all of his restau­rants would shut im­me­di­ately if he had to find only Bri­tish staff.

Oliver, 38, re­cently sparked con­tro­versy when he said that he found it “hard to talk about mod­ern-day poverty”, cit­ing fam­i­lies fork­ing out on giant tele­vi­sions in­stead of healthy food. Now he’s told Good House­keep­ing magazine: “The av­er­age work­ing hours in a week was 80 to 100. That was re­ally nor­mal in my 20s. But the EU reg­u­la­tion now is 48 hours, which is half a week’s work for me. 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 told the magazine: “I think our Euro­pean im­mi­grant friends are much stronger, much tougher. If we didn’t have any, all of my restau­rants would close to­mor­row. There wouldn’t be any Brits to re­place them.”

Oliver said: “It’s all very well when peo­ple are slag­ging off im­mi­gra­tion, and I’m sure there are prob­lems. Older peo­ple al­ways com­plain about youth and I think it’s a good thing be­cause it is al­ways chang­ing.

“The young will be bet­ter at dif­fer­ent things. But long hours in hot kitchens is not one of them!”

Oliv­ers restau­rants in­clude Fif­teen, which helps the young un­em­ployed, and more than 30 UK branches of Jamie’s Ital­ian.

The cam­paign­ing chef, who has fought to im­prove school din­ners, added: “I’m not judg­men­tal, but I’ve spent a lot of time in poor com­mu­ni­ties, and I find it quite hard to talk about mod­ern-day poverty.

“You might re­mem­ber that scene in Min­istry Of Food, with the mum and the kid eat­ing chips and cheese out of Sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers, and be­hind them is a mas­sive f***ing TV. It just didn’t weigh up.”

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