James Martin

About James Martin

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.

With a long list of TV credits to his name, James has often stepped beyond the kitchens, most surprisingly perhaps, to prove his dancing prowess in Strictly Come Dancing. James even revisited 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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