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Michelin-starred French chef who cooked for the Royals faces being kicked out of UK despite living here for 23 years

A MICHELIN-STARRED French chef who has cooked for the Royal family faces being kicked out of the UK despite living here for 23 years.

Claude Bosi, 47, best known for running London restaurants Hibiscus and Bibendum, took to social media to slam the government and Brexit after his application for permanent residency was denied.

Posting a picture of his rejection letter to Instagram, where he has 27,000 followers, Bosi wrote: "I have been in England for 23 years and today they have send me this.
"I love Britain I considered until today like home but they just told me after 23 years of tax paid /VAT paid I'm not welcome anymore.
"WTF [is] going on in this world.. #thankyoubrexit @borisjohnsonuk did I do something wrong...?"

Bosi first moved to the UK 1997 to become a sous chef at the Overton Grange restaurant in Ludlow, Shropshire.

In 1999, he became head chef and went on to win his first Michelin star whilst at the restaurant.

He then opened his own restaurant, Hibiscus, in Shropshire, winning two Michelin stars before relocating it to London in 2007.

In 2016, he closed Hibiscus and became head chef at Bibendum in Chelsea.

Bosi has won numerous accolades for his cooking as well as appearing on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen.

He was one of five UK-based chefs chosen to cook for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at a charity event in 2016.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME

EU citizens living in the UK are being encouraged to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they intend to stay here after Britain's departure from the European Union.

Successful applicants will be given settled status if they began living in the UK before 31 December 2020 and have lived her for a continuous five-year period.

If you moved here before that date but haven't yet been here for five years, you may be given pre-settled status, and will be able to apply for settled status once you have been here five years.

If you are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, the government has published a step-by-step guide on how to check what you need to do to stay in the UK after Brexit.

If you need to apply for settled or pre-settled status, you can do so using the form here.

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

Social media users reacted to the post with astonishment.

"Unbelievable. It's embarrassing and unnecessary," wrote one.

"This is just crazy!!! Hope it gets sorted out - surely some kind of mistake?!" wrote another.

Bosi is a friend of fellow chefs Heston Blumenthal, James Martin, and Tom Kerridge.

Martin responded simply: "WTF".

EU citizens living in the UK are being encouraged to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they intend to stay here after Britain's departure from the European Union.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Mr Bosi has not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

"He made an application for a permanent residence document – something which EU citizens living in the UK are not required or encouraged to do.

"His application for permanent residence was not successful because he did not provide sufficient evidence to show he met the criteria.

"We have spoken to him to help him to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, which has already guaranteed the rights of over 2.5 million people.

"It’s free, there is plenty of support available online, on the phone or in person and EU citizens and their families have until 30 June 2021 to apply."


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