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NOW WITH VIDEO: “I’m proud to be a worm!” Raymond Blanc visits Haddenham school to help launch son’s app for children

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Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc let a group of children in on his culinary secrets in support of his son’s latest hi-tech venture.

The TV chef joined his son Oli Blanc, and Casualty star Charlotte Salt, to launch Henri Le Worm, an interactive app which teaches youngsters about food and nature.

The trio met with children at St Mary’s primary school in Haddenham, who learned to make a mayonnaise mouse with the famous cook.

Oli, who also enlisted the help of Shaun Of The Dead actor Simon Pegg to voice the comical worm, said: “The worm is loosely based on Raymond, all the positive bits.

“The humour, the passion, the love of cooking was the inspiration.”

Henri Le Worm was devised after Oli saw a satirical cartoon which depicted a politician with the body of a worm.

He showed it to Charlotte, who played Sam Nicholls in Casualty, and she created artworks which later became the educational app.

Aimed at children aged three to eight, the Android and iTunes app includes 10 recipes and a story for children to enjoy.

Mr Blanc, a Thame Food Festival patron who runs the Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons restaurant in Great Milton, said: “Firstly I’m supporting my son.

“I think he’s had a great idea and I’m very proud of him.

“He and Charlotte have created this beautiful little app for kids to teach them about food and the outside world.”

And Mr Blanc claimed that he is proud to have a cartoon worm based on him.

He said: “I am very proud to be a worm, he even has a little pot belly and I have one too!”

 

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