TV chef Gordon Ramsay has called Brits lazy and said an influx of foreign workers proves it.
He said any curb on EU migrant labour after Brexit could be a wake-up call for the restaurant industry.
The foul-mouthed star, 50, said: “That level 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.
“If anything, it’s a big kick up the ass for the industry, and it’s going to get back to the modern-day apprenticeship.
“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.”
The dad of four was speaking as he promoted his new ITV documentary about cocaine.
He was shocked when he was asked by diners to garnish a souffle with cocaine and found traces of the drug in the toilets of nearly all his 31 restaurants.
Ramsay admitted he was put off drugs early because of his younger brother Ronnie, a heroin addict, who has now been missing for six months.
He said of a situation in London last December: “He turned up outside the restaurant at Royal Hospital Road begging customers for money and we had to get the police to move him on. It was that bad.”