Raymond Blanc, the Michelin-starred chef renowned for his mentoring of young people, has now joined forces with Boris Johnson, mayor of London. This pairing may seem unlikely, but it’s all in the name of progress – the pair are encouraging the capital’s food venues to take on more young apprentices! Raymond himself has taken on an incredible 21 apprentices at his Brasserie Blanc restaurants, and both he and the Mayor believe there is huge potential for the scheme if other restaurants follow in his footsteps. The self-taught chef wants it to be easier for young ambitious people – he said ‘I longed for a mentor to guide me…I am 100% behind the Mayor’s drive to bring young people into our business and to give them the best chance to excel’. Boris himself said it was ‘absolutely fantastic to have someone of Raymond’s calibre spearheading our drive’. Getting and training new talent should be a top priority for London’s venues!