James Martin

Mr Food and Drink, James Martin returns to teach you some brand new recipes.

James Martin made a great impact with his television debut in November ‘96 and has rarely been off screen since.

He was a regular chef on Ready Steady Cook (BBC2), and in 2006 reached the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1). He went on to present BBC1’s hit series Saturday Kitchen for 10 years, regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million.

In 2008 James featured in The Real Italian Job (BBC2) where he lived his dream of racing in the exclusive Mille Miglia in Italy in a vintage sports car. With over 3.5 million viewers it cemented his reputation as a favourite among car experts and enthusiasts.

He has presented many series for UKTV and BBC; Operation Hospital Food, Operation Meet the Street, The Box, and Home Comforts, as well as being a judge on Junior Bake Off.

2023

Circuit Bootcamp

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Strength Training

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Cardio and HIIT

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James’ career began at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering and James he often helped out. He was Student of the Year three years running at Scarborough Technical College, and 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.

For three years James had his restaurant at The Talbot, in Malton, North Yorkshire, where he spent all of his childhood. The restaurant was placed in the Michelin Guide within a year of opening in 2012.

James Martin Manchester opened in September 2013 and listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015. James Martin Kitchen, opened in 2015 at Stansted Airport leading to further successful openings at Manchester Piccadilly station, Glasgow Airport and Debenhams Lakeside, with more to come from the JMK brand in the near future. In February 2017 James opened The Kitchen restaurant and cookery school at Chewton Glen in Hampshire.

A keen journalist, James currently writes a weekly food column in Daily Mail Weekend and previously wrote for BBC Good Food, Sky magazine and weekly car reviews for Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine. In 2016 he toured the UK with his first show ‘Plates, Mates and Automobiles’ to great success, bringing a new tour ‘On the Road Again’ to audiences in 2018

In April 2016 James partnered with Asda, and in 2017 became ambassador for Chesneys. He was a consultant on the restaurants and menus for P&O Cruises Ocean Village cruise ships and in March 2015 launched cookery classes on board the new ship ‘Britannia’.
James’ licensing endeavours include a range of small electricals with Wahl, cookware, knives and kitchen textiles with Horwood - Stellar, serverware with Denby, and sandwiches with Upper Crust.
James 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.
He is a consultant for Thomas Cook Airlines, and executive chef for London North Eastern Railway’s First Class menu.