- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife has enraged a former Gracie Mansion chef by referring to him as a “servant” in a recent interview.

First lady Chirlane McCray, while talking to a reporter of her plans for the mansion’s attic, said, “I can convey to you, with confidence, there will not be a servant living there.”

Mitchel London, who was a cook for former Mayor Ed Koch during his term and has been the attic’s only resident, took offense to the characterization, calling it “ridiculous” and “harsh.”


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“Maybe Ms. de Blasio is watching too much ‘Downton Abbey,’” Mr. London told the New York Post. “It really is just a little ignorant in this day and age.”

The chef, who now works at New York’s Fairway Café, said that if he were to refer to an employee as a “servant” that he would be in the human resources office later that day.

“Nobody in this industry uses that word. If that’s the way [she thinks] — and clearly it is, because she came up with that word — let me say I’m just glad I’m not at Gracie now,” Mr. London said.