James Martin

James Martin is a television sweetheart with a host of TV series to his name.

At the tender age of just five James made his debut in the kitchen. His father ran the catering at Castle Howard and by the age of 12, the young Yorkshire lad had already cooked for the Queen Mother.

At 16 he went to Scarborough Technical College to learn his trade and it was here he shone, as Student of the Year for three years running.

Anthony Worrall Thompson spotted him during this time and brought him to London to work in the kitchens of celebrated restaurants 190 Queensgate and dell'Ugo. He then headed to France, where he spent some time working in traditional chateaux. On his return to England, he worked at luxury hotel Chewton Glen in Hampshire for 2 years.

At 21, James opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef. Mixing Modern British with Mediterranean, James' restaurant became a huge success.

In 1996, James began what has been an extensive TV career. He soon became a favourite, regularly appearing on such shows as Ready Steady Cook, Junior MasterChef and Light Lunch. After stints co-presenting Good Food Live, he hosted UKTV series Deck Dates,
Sweet , Delicious, Yorkshire's Finest and James Martin Digs Deep (Nov 06). With a long list of TV credits to his name, James has often stepped beyond the kitchens, most suprisingly perhaps, to prove his dancing prowess in Strictly Come Dancing. Now, James revisits his student days in the villages of Brittany, France, in James Martin's Brittany.

James has written for magazines and has a long bibliography to his name. Far from a one-trick pony, he was once voted one of Britain's most eligible bachelors by Company magazine!

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Books
Slow Cooking: Mouthwatering Recipes with Minimum Effort, Quadrille Publishing, October 2012
James Martin Desserts, Quadrille Publishing, May 2011
Masterclass: Your Home Cooking Made Easier, Collins, March 2011
Yes, Chef!: 20 Great British Chefs 100 Great British Recipes, Absolute Press, Nov 2009
My Kitchen, Collins, 2009
James Every Day: The Essential Collection, Mitchell Beazley, Jan 2009
Driven, Collins, Nov 2008
The Collection: With 300 classic recipesMitchell Beazley, Jan 2008
James Martin Desserts, Quadrille Publishing, Jun 2008
James Martin's Great British WinterMitchell Beazley, illustrated edition edition, Sep 2006
James Martin's Easy British Food (Mitchell Beazley Food), Mitchell Beazley, May 2005
Eating in with James Martin, Mitchell Beazley, Jun 2004
James Martin's Great British Dinners, Mitchell Beazley, Aug 2003
James Martin's Delicious!: The Deli Cookbook

James Martin

When is James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest next on?

James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest is next on at 1:00 pm on Thursday, 14th August on Watch.

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James Martin's Recipes



 
Shortbread
Shortbread on James Martin's Favourite Feasts

James Martin's grandmother's easy shortbread recipe has a light, buttery taste

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Treacle tart
Treacle tart on James Martin: Sweet

James Martin's treacle tart is wonderfully sticky and moreish - great for feeding a crowd

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 45 min

Spotted dick and custard
Spotted dick and custard on James Martin: Sweet

Steaming hot and deeply comforting, this classic spotted dick from James Martin will certainly stick to your ribs

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 25 min

Sherry trifle with raspberries
Sherry trifle with raspberries on James Martin: Sweet

A classic British trifle from James Martin - sherry-soaked sponge topped with velvety raspberries, rich custard and whipped cream

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
40 min

Lemon meringue pie
Lemon meringue pie on James Martin: Sweet

James Martin's delicious little lemon meringue pies need almost no cooking, and couldn't be simpler to make

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Scones
Scones on James Martin: Sweet

For a tea time treat that everyone will love, rustle up a batch of James Martin's scrumptious scones

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
35 min

Ice cream parcels with sponge pudding
Ice cream parcels with sponge pudding on James Martin: Sweet

James Martin's easy pudding couldn't be more delicious - steaming hot sponge with a hot filo parcel of cold ice cream

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
20 min

Orange marmalade
Orange marmalade on James Martin: Sweet

James Martin's recipe for marmalade couldn't be easier. Try it and give yourself a breakfast time treat

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
2 hrs 25 min

Poached pears with ice cream and a cinnamon and goats milk sauce
Poached pears with ice cream and a cinnamon and goats milk sauce on James Martin: Sweet

An irresistible dessert from James Martin - vanilla-scented poached pears with a hot cinnamon sauce and cold, hard ice cream

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 10 min

Crème brûlée
Crème brûlée on James Martin: Sweet

A French classic from James Martin - little pots of deliciously cool creamy custard topped with a brittle melted sugar glaze

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
3 hrs 30 min