James Martin

James Martin is best known as the presenter of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, which he hosted between 2006 and 2016. He's now the host of Saturday Morning with James Martin on ITV. His passion for food started when he was a young boy after his Dad became the catering manager at Castle Howard, where at just 12 years old, James helped cook dinner for the Queen Mother when she visited the estate. James started his formal training to become a chef at Scarborough Technical College in 1988. And, went on to further his skills at Hostellerie De Plaisance, Saint-Émilion and Maison Troisgros in France before joining Anthony Worrall Thompson's 'One Ninety Queen's Gate' restaurant in London. He became head chef at just 22 when he joined Hotel Du Vin and went on to work in some of the best restaurants in London including Harvey’s in Wandsworth, The Square in Mayfair and Alastair Little in Soho. James Martin has been on our TV screen for over 20 years, cooking up delicious and simple recipes (opens in new tab) suitable for all the family. As well as Saturday Kitchen, he’s also appeared on Ready Steady Cook, The Great British Menu and is a regular on This Morning. Alongside his successful TV career, James has a number of restaurants all over the country and is the Executive Chef for Virgin Trains East Coast where he’s responsible for developing all of the First Class menus. He has been with long-term partner, TV Producer Louise Davis since 2011. He is a huge dog lover and has two dogs, Ralph and Cooper.

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