The chef is used to being controversial

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Jamie Oliver accepts that his strong views are bound to upset a lot of people.

The chef has caused controversy with certain comments he’s made in the past – such as his belief that European immigrants working in his restaurants are ‘much stronger’ than his British employees – so he’s come to expect a strong reaction when he speaks.

I do have a tendency for causing a storm every time I open my mouth,’ says Jamie, 38.

But I like to think my intentions are good.’

The backlash to his remarks hasn’t put Jamie off from speaking his mind though.

If I don’t say these things, no one else f*cking will,’ the forthright dad-of-four tells Observer Food Monthly.

The government doesn’t like to say stuff like that because they’re chasing votes.

I’m in the slight luxury of not being able to get myself fired. The public are my first boss.’

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