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The Mayor of London had a cooking lesson today - from celebrated chef Raymond Blanc.
Boris Johnson visited Brasserie Blanc in central London to meet trainee chefs, as part of his drive to boost apprentices in the capital.
Liz Wickham's report contains some flash photography.
The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said:
Boris Johnson has teamed up with top chef Raymond Blanc to urge food and hospitality firms to take on more apprentices.
There are already 5,000 apprentices working in the capital's food industry - but the Mayor says there is huge potential to build on that.
Raymond Blanc is taking on 21 apprentices at Brasserie Blanc restaurants across London and the UK, working in a range of hospitality roles including as chefs and front of house staff.
Overheard - Johnson to Blanc: "I keep claiming we have more Michelin stars than Paris but I'm told the statistic is nonsense".
"A fact too good to be checked," according to one City Hall insider.
Boris Johnson got a cooking lesson from Raymond Blanc today, as he visited the chef's restaurant in the City.
The visit was part of the Mayor's drive to boost apprenticeships in the food business.