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.
"It is vital that the restaurant sector has homegrown talent to develop the necessary skill and craft for the future.
"I am self-taught and it was tough - I longed for a mentor to guide me through my career - so I am 100% behind the Mayor's drive to bring so many young people into the business and to give them the best chance to excel."