James Martin is a very successful celebrity chef and awards host. He has made a great impact since he first appeared on television in 1996 and has rarely been off screen since, appearing as a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook.
Antony Worrall Thompson brought James to London to work in the kitchens of 190 Queensgate, followed by dell'Ugo. In 1994, at the tender age of 22, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, such was the success of the venture, that there was an eight week waiting list for a table during the weekend.
James is currently gracing our screens as presenter of BBC One's hugely successful Saturday Kitchen, regularly attracting viewers in excess of 2 million. He was a regular team member 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.
James was was featured in a prime time BBC 2 special during Christmas 2008 – The Real Italian Job. The show saw James live his dream of racing in the exclusive Millie Miglia race in Italy in a vintage sports car. The show attracted over 3.5 million viewers and has cemented James’ role as a car enthusiast and expert.
James has enjoyed phenomenal success with his many series for UKTV Food – enjoying some of the highest ratings the channel has ever experienced. Such was the success of James Martin Digs Deeps (2006), Feast (2007) and Brittany (2008), UKTV commissioned another series, Champagne.
"James went down extremely well with all the venues, secured substantial media coverage and my client, the LSC North East, was very pleased with the way he got their message across and how he entered in to the fun, but at the same time serious theme, of the challenges."
As well as his television work, James is a keen journalist and writes a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine on cars and motoring, as well as writing food columns for BBC Good Food Magazine, Sky magazine and Reveal magazine. 2008 saw the first James Martin magazine filled with delicious recipes and interesting interviews with the chef.
James' publishing career extends beyond magazines – he is the author of several best selling and award winning books:
- Eating In With James Martin
- James Martin's Easy British Food.
- James Martin Delicious - The Deli Cookbook
- James Martin's Great British Winter
- James Martin's Great British Dinners
- The Great British Village Show Cookbook
- James Martin - Desserts
The future is exciting for James’ licensing endeavours – he already has a range of small electricals with Wahl, Cookware, Knives and Kitchen Textiles with Stellar/Horwoods and Serveware with Denby. James will be launching his own range of cake mixes and cookers in the future. He is a consultant with P & O Cruises on the restaurants and menus for their cruise ships Ocean Village and Ocean Village 2.
This success can be attributed to James’ early love of food which was nurtured at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering and where James often helped out – he even helped cook for the Queen Mother at 11! At 16 he began his formal training at Scarborough Technical College, where he was Student of the Year for three years running. 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.
James continues to make regular appearances around the country including at all of the BBC Good Food Shows incorporating London, Glasgow and Birmingham and attracting vast crowds for his demos in the super-theatres. In addition to the BBC Good Food Shows, James has appeared at Bingley Fine Food Festival, Stoneleigh Festival and works with organisations such as the Food Standards Agency.
James’s message about food has always been the same – he has been passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible and creating simple, delicious recipes accessible to all.
Company magazine has voted him one of Britain's most eligible bachelors.
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