Boris Johnson enjoyed a mayoral masterchef class as he opened a new wing at Croydon College yesterday.

The London Mayor travelled to the college to open the new extension, named the Rotunda, which includes a state-of-the-art learning resource centre and a higher education library.

He was also shown inside the College’s restaurant, Chefs, where apprentices demonstrated their cookery skills to an impressed Mr Johnson who was afterwards presented with his very own chefs whites.

Speaking at the event, Mr Johnson hailed the College as offering ‘some of the best learning facilities in the South East and Greater London’.

He added: “The Rotunda completes the capital investment made by Croydon College and will enable the college to continue to deliver the education and training needed by both residents and businesses in the community.”

The Rotunda, which overlooks College Green, was part of a £35 million investment and took just under two years to complete.

Frances Wadsworth, principal and chief executive of the College said: “We are delighted to welcome the Mayor of London to open our extension and to also showcase and demonstrate the impressive facilities we have here in the College.

“This is a real milestone and will dramatically improve the learning facilities for our students to ensure their future successes.”

Shortly after the official opening, Mr Johnson was taken on a tour around the College as well as meeting both students and staff.

The opening was attended by a number of senior figures from local businesses as well as Gavin Barwell, the MP for Central Croydon.