James Martin

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James Martin

One of the most well known TV celebrity chefs

James has made a great impact since he began to appear on television in November ‘96 and has rarely been off screen since. Until recently he graced our screens as presenter of BBC 1’s hugely successful Saturday Kitchen; regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million (nearly triple the amount of viewers when James inherited the show). It was one of the most popular weekend shows with a phenomenal 32-35% audience share and he now reprises it with a commercial TV show of a similar nature.

He was a regular face on Ready Steady Cook (BBC 2) and in autumn 2006 gained a whole new army of fans with his new found prowess on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) where he reached the semi-finals. More recently James has been fronting a mission to raise food standards in hospitals on the BBC 1 show Operation Hospital Food. In a new show for February 2013 titled United Cakes of America (Good Food Channel), James toured the USA in search of the best cake and dessert recipes.

James is also known for his love of cars and has presented several motoring TV shows, including Racing Legends (BBC2). As a keen journalist and has had a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine on cars and motoring, as well as food columns for BBC Good Food Magazine and Sky magazine. He has written numerous books, Slow Cooking was published by Quadrille in October 2012.

James continues to have success with his restaurant at The Talbot Malton and his new restaurant James Martin Manchester at Manchester235 Casino. He also appears at food festivals internationally, always attracting vast crowds.

James’ licensing endeavours have been very successful – he already has a range of small electricals with Wahl, Cookware, Knives and Kitchen Textiles with Stellar/Horwoods, and Serverware with Denby, and has launched his own range of cake mixes and hampers.

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