Jamie Oliver Says British Workers 'Whinge'
The television chef, Jamie Oliver, has said that if his restaurants had to rely on British staff rather than European immigrants they would close.
Oliver said that immigrants were "stronger" and "tougher" than their British counterparts who tended to "whinge" about too long hours.
He said that he had mothers telephoning him to say that their sons were "too tired".
His controversial comments come just 24 hours after he sparked anger by saying that families trapped in "modern-day poverty" forked out on giant televisions instead of healthy food.
In his latest comments, the 38-year-old 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, whose restaurants include Fifteen, which helps the young unemployed, and more than 30 UK branches of Jamie's Italian, 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!"