James Martin, best known for BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s Saturday Morning with James Martin, has been entertaining and educating the nation for almost three decades with his expert culinary skills both on screen and through his best-selling cookbooks.
One of the UK's most recognised celebrity chefs and TV presenters, James is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible and creating simple, delicious recipes accessible to all.
His career began at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering and James often helped out. He was Student of the Year for three years running at Scarborough Technical College and, following catering college, James worked in London under the guidance of chefs including Antony Worrall Thompson and Marco Pierre White.
He also travelled around France working in chateaux kitchens and gaining experience in Michelin star establishments. On returning to England, James took up the position of junior pastry chef at the acclaimed, five Red Star, Chewton Glen. Just a few weeks short of his 22nd birthday, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as head chef.
James' TV career began in 1996 with The Big Breakfast and Ready, Steady, Cook. Over the next ten years he went on to film shows including Entertaining with James and Housecall. In 2006, he became the presenter of the BBC One show Saturday Kitchen. He presented the show up until March 2016, making it a Saturday morning staple which regularly attracted viewers in excess of 3.5 million.
In 2013 James was honoured with 'The Craft Guild of Chefs Special Award' for outstanding contribution to the industry. His series Food Map of Britain won 'Best Daytime and Early Peak programme' by the Royal Television Society in March 2014, and in 2015 he was named TV Personality of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Awards.
Also in 2013, James Martin Manchester opened, housed within the Manchester235 casino at the Great Northern Warehouse. Providing modern British cuisine in industrial chic surroundings it was listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants for 2015/16.
In 2017, The Kitchen Cookery School and restaurant opened at the acclaimed Chewton Glen. Offering a range of inspiring classes and stunning seasonal menus it's the place to eat, meet, create and cook.
James' premium café, James Martin Kitchen, offers sit down dining and grab and go options and can be found airside at Stansted Airport, inside Debenhams at intu Lakeside, Manchester Piccadilly train station and at Glasgow Airport.
James has published 20 best-selling cook books packed with sweet and savoury inspiration and an autobiography, Driven. Recent titles include Fast Cooking: Really Exciting Recipes in 20 Minutes, Home Comforts, Sweet, More Home Comforts, James Martin's French Adventure, James Martin's American Adventure and James Martin's Great British Adventure. James also writes for The Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine.
James endorses a range of kitchen appliances with Wahl, cookware, knives, bakeware and kitchen utensils with Stellar, the HeaT collection for Chesney's and has large collection of stylish and modern tableware with Denby Pottery.
Outside of the kitchen James is a massive dog lover and has a passion for cars, bikes, racing and planes. He raced in the Mille Miglia in 2007 and again in 2015 as part of the Jaguar team. He also holds a pilot's licence and is learning to fly helicopters.