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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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
When is James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest next on?
James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest is next on at 11:00 am on Sunday, 31st August on Watch.