MICHELIN-STARRED chef Raymond Blanc has been given permission to plant fruit and vegetables among the exotic blooms of Kew Gardens.

The chef - and co-presenter Kate Humble - will transform a section of the famous site for a new four-part TV show called Kew On A Plate.

The BBC2 show will explore the history of fruit and vegetables in the UK and Blanc will offer tips on how home cooks can make the best of them.

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He said: "What a privilege it is to be working on this project. I am sure viewers will share my inspiration and passion for British heritage, the garden and the glorious food I will cook from it."

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, were founded in 1759 and declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003.

It is home to thousands of rare species of plants.

Humble said: "There is astonishing history, science and stories of human endeavour behind the everyday vegetables we grow, cook and eat."