Talking to the Radio Times, Ramsay said Britain's decision to leave the European Union could have a positive effect on the restaurant industry and that a curb on EU migrant labour will create opportunities for British workers.
He said: “That level of influx 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 a**e 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 homegrown talent, which I think we need to do.”
The Michelin-starred chef gave the interview to promote a new ITV documentary about the cocaine trade.
Ramsay said cocaine is rife in the restaurant industry, recalling an occasion last Christmas when a customer asked for a side plate to be changed because he had used it to snort the class-A drug in the bathroom.