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James Martin is one of the UK’s best known TV Chefs and the author of several bestselling cookery books. He is also a popular speaker, event host. He currently presents James Martin’s Saturday Morning on ITV and makes guest appearances on This Morning.
About James Martin
James Martin is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible to create simple, delicious recipes accessible to all. When not pursuing his love of food, James follows his other interests of bikes, planes and automobiles.
James Martin is instantly recognised for his passion for food but he is also bonkers about fast cars. So imagine his glee in 2008 when he got to love his dream of racing in the exclusive Millie Miglia race in Italy in a vintage sports car. The BBC 2 show the Real Italian Job attracted over 3.5 million viewers and has cemented James’ role as a car enthusiast and expert.
However, James has enjoyed phenomenal success with his many series for UKTV Food – enjoying some of the highest ratings the channel has ever experienced. Such was the success of James Martin Digs Deeps (2006), Feast (2007) and Brittany (2008), UKTV commissioned another series, Champagne which was broadcast in 2009.
His publishing career extends beyond magazines – he is the author of several best selling and award winning books. His first book, Eating In With James Martin was published in October 1998 and his second The Deli Cookbook in autumn 2000. Great British Dinners came out in 2003 with Easy British Food following mid June 2005. Great British Winter was published in 2006 (all published through Mitchell Beazley).
James’s most successful book to date has been his puddings bible, Desserts, published in 2007 by Quadrille to coincide with his prime time BBC 2 show, Sweet Baby James. Also released that year were The Great British Village Show Cookbook, published in May 2007 by BBC Books to coincide with his BBC 1 primetime series of the same title, and Saturday Kitchen Cookbook (BBC Books). The Great British Village Show Cookbook was awarded the Best Cookbook award at the World Gourmand Cookbook awards.
2008 also saw the release of The Collection (Mitchell Beazley), an anthology of James’ best recipes to date and he released his autobiography, Driven, published by HarperCollins. The book attracted huge amounts of media interest and has sold incredibly well. There was another Saturday Kitchen Cookbook – Saturday Kitchen’s Best Bites, for which James contributed some recipes and wrote the foreword.
2009 was another exciting year for James with the publication of James Every Day – The Essential Collection (Mitchell Beazley) as well as his first cookery book with HarperCollins, A Year at Home.
James continues to make regular appearances around the country including at all of the BBC Good Food Shows incorporating London, Glasgow and Birmingham and attracting vast crowds for his demos in the super-theatres. In addition to the BBC Good Food Shows, he regularly appears at Bingley Fine Food Festival, Stoneleigh Festival and works with organisations such as the Food Standards Agency.
He has a range of small electricals with Wahl, Cookware, Knives and Kitchen Textiles with Stellar/Horwoods and Serveware with Denby.
He has been a consultant with P & O Cruises on the restaurants and menus for their cruise ships Ocean Village and Ocean Village 2.
This success can be attributed to James’ early love of food which was nurtured at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering and where James often helped out – he even helped cook for the Queen Mother at 11! At 16 he began his formal training at Scarborough Technical College, where he was Student of the Year for three years running. At the tender age of 22, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, where he changed the menu every day.
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