I work in England at a 2 Michelin star restaurant. One of the first things I got asked by a guest was 'How come they let you work here and you're not French?'. In the restaurant, foreign staff are the norm. The exact reasons for this I have never asked, but I would say that they generally have a greater passion and wish to do well and progress. In foreign countries like France, working in a restaurant is also seen in a much higher regard than here in England I think. I'm sure it helps that the restaurant is French too! But it is always something that has puzzled me, as I find being English, I can converse with the guests much more easily than a foreign member of staff (regardless of their seniority), and I think that is important.