Blanc warns ‘bully’ chefs they will end up in jail

CELEBRITY chef Raymond Blanc has warned his fiery rivals they are heading for jail unless they drop their “macho” ways in the kitchen.

They will end up behind bars if they continue to bully staff, said the Frenchman.

“I don’t like to jump on the face of someone who is already down. Those chefs who glorify violence are living in the past.

“What’s more, soon they will go to prison, because new employment laws now give staff much more protection against bullying than before,” he told the Radio Times.

Asked if he was referring to volatile chefs Gordon Ramsay and the new Hell’s Kitchen presenter Marco Pierre White, Blanc replied: “I do not like to speak about the people, but the culture they represent, which has a terrible influence on how people see this industry.

“When Marco takes over Hell’s Kitchen, will he promote food craft, careful man-management, or just this unfortunate aspect of behaviour, which involves the degradation of people? I think he will respect what I am telling him.”

Blanc is to star in the new BBC2 show The Restaurant, where couples compete to run an eaterie.

He once said reality TV was watched by “eight million morons”, but now said: “Yes, it is true, I have shied away from a lot of primetime TV. The reason I am doing this programme is because I want to bring respect back to our industry. I want to challenge the crazy macho culture you see on TV of which chef has the biggest burn marks, which chef can suffer the most, which chef can abuse the most.”

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