French chef Claude Bosi denied permanent residence in UK

Claude Bosi, who runs the two Michelin-starred Bibendum in Chelsea, has had his application for permanent UK residency rejected by the Home Office despite having lived in England for 23 years.

French chef Claude Bosi has had his application for permanent residency in the UK rejected

The Lyon-born, London-based chef was told last week his application for a document certifying his permanent residency in the UK after Brexit has been refused.

According to the Evening Standard, Bosi’s application for EU settled status was rejected as he failed to provide enough P60 forms to prove he had lived in the UK continuously for at least five years.

Yet the same letter recognises that he has been self employed in the UK since 1997.

“It was very upsetting to receive that letter. I’ve got a wife and three kids, and have been here for 23 years, it’s not like I’ve just arrived. I can’t afford just to decide to leave,” Bosi told the Evening Standard.

“It’s like as long as you’ve been here and as hard as you’ve been working and as much as you love the country you’re just not welcome,” he added.

The chef has 14 days to reapply for permanent UK residency after Brexit, and in the meantime, his future in London lies in the balance.

Bosi took to Instagram last Friday to announce the news and post a photo of his letter from the Home Office. In the post he asked UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, whether he’d done something wrong.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 January. Prior to Bibendum, Bosi held two Michelin stars at Hibiscus restaurant in Mayfair, which closed in 2016.

Bosi cut his culinary teeth working alongside Alain Ducasse at Restaurant Alain Ducasse and Alain Passard at L’Arpège. His original Hibiscus site opened in Ludlow in Shropshire in 2000.

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Chris Martin stuns pub goers with impromptu performance over a pint

It's not everyday that your local pub entertainment turns out to be one of the most successful singer/songwriters of a generation. Enter, via the pub car park, Chris Martin.

10 of the oldest pubs in England

There are few things more English than going to a public house for a cellar temperature ale and a pack of scampi fries - indeed, pubs have been part of English culture for more than a millennium, and here are some of the oldest pubs in England.

Little Red Door's new cocktail list pops up at Eve Bar

The team from the Parisian bar Little Red Door has planned an exclusive takeover of London’s Eve Bar next month.

Only one third of UK hospitality businesses turning a profit, survey finds

Recent data from a survey of the UK hospitality sector has found that just 37% of businesses are currently making a profit, with the staffing crisis, rising energy costs and supply chain issues being the key factors.

Greene King launches ‘Expensable Lunches’ for Londoners

Greene King is launching lunchtime training sessions in its London-based Zone 1 pubs, to give people the chance to expense their lunch hour.

Most Recent Stories

Chris Martin stuns pub goers with impromptu performance over a pint

It's not everyday that your local pub entertainment turns out to be one of the most successful singer/songwriters of a generation. Enter, via the pub car park, Chris Martin.

10 of the oldest pubs in England

There are few things more English than going to a public house for a cellar temperature ale and a pack of scampi fries - indeed, pubs have been part of English culture for more than a millennium, and here are some of the oldest pubs in England.

Little Red Door's new cocktail list pops up at Eve Bar

The team from the Parisian bar Little Red Door has planned an exclusive takeover of London’s Eve Bar next month.

Only one third of UK hospitality businesses turning a profit, survey finds

Recent data from a survey of the UK hospitality sector has found that just 37% of businesses are currently making a profit, with the staffing crisis, rising energy costs and supply chain issues being the key factors.

Greene King launches ‘Expensable Lunches’ for Londoners

Greene King is launching lunchtime training sessions in its London-based Zone 1 pubs, to give people the chance to expense their lunch hour.