Claude Bosi dismisses fellow French chefs as 'lazy'

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The outspoken London-based French chef has launched a blistering attack on his countrymen, claiming they lack imagination in the kitchen.

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Claude Bosi, the outspoken French chef has launched a blistering attack on his fellow countrymen, describing them as lazy and claiming they lack imagination in the kitchen, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Bosi, who was born in Lyon, but moved to Britain 15-years ago, and now runs the celebrated Hibiscus restaurant in Mayfair said he would never employ a French chef in his kitchen because they lacked industry.

Despite France’s enviable reputation as the capital of cuisine, he said chefs from across the Channel were only interested in having breaks.

In an interview with William Sitwell in Spear’s Magazine, Mr Bosi said: “France is now a country of lazy people. A very lazy country. They live in the past and just live on their reputations.

“While there are some young chefs moving things forward in Paris, most people are obtuse about what they like to eat.

“They live in this world where French is best. But I couldn’t do what I’ve been doing with Hibiscus in Lyon – they just stick to what they know. Whenever I visit France now, I’m so happy to come back to England.”

Mr Bosi, who is one of a growing number of celebrated French chefs, who are making their livings in the UK, also said he no longer employs workers from across the Channel.

He said: “I don’t employ any Frenchmen in my kitchen. Every time I try it’s a disaster – all they do is ask, ‘what time is my break?’ I just tell them to go back home.”

But his comments were dismissed by his former colleagues in France, with some suggesting he had forgotten where he learned his trade.

David Rathgeber, a chef at the Parisian bistro, L’Assiette, said he remembered Mr Bosi fondly from when they worked together in 1993.

But he disagreed with his assessment of his fellow countrymen’s work ethic.

He said: “He’s right about certain things, but you can’t put everything in the same basket. Plus, Claude shouldn’t spit in his own soup – he’s French too."

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