Prue Leith has said she "couldn't believe" the class divisions in the UK when she first moved to the country.
The Great British Bake Off judge grew up in South Africa before coming to the UK in 1960 where she was shocked at the divide, which she says also extends into food.
She told Radio Times: "This is the most unbelievably class-ridden country. In South Africa there’s a racial divide and that was terrible.
"But when I came to England, I couldn’t believe the gradations of class. People were looked down on for saying 'toilet'."
The 80-year-old went on: "There is a nervousness about stepping out of your class – 'That’s not for the likes of me.' That’s absolute nonsense. I remember people saying 'You shouldn’t have ideas above your station.' You b****y well should!"
Leith also remarked that "educated people have a better life because they know more stuff" while poorer people who need to feed their children cheaply and nutritiously "are the ones that have the least education about cooking and food".
She's previously opened up on her privileged background as the privately educated daughter of a company director and an actor.
The cook is mother to Conservative MP Danny Kruger, whom she recently backed after he voiced support for Dominic Cummings and his decision to travel 260 miles to his parents' house despite lockdown restrictions.
She also appeared alongside her adopted daughter Li-Da Kruger in a documentary this year which saw the pair travel to Cambodia to explore Li-Da’s heritage and track down any surviving relatives.