James Martin is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible and creating simple, delicious recipes accessible to all. He made his television debut in November ‘96 and has rarely been off screen since. He was a regular chef on Ready Steady Cook (BBC2) and went on to present BBC1's Saturday Kitchen for 10 years attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million. He is also the author of 18 best-selling and award winning cookbooks.
James’ career began at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering operation and James often helped out. He was Student of the Year for three years running at Scarborough Technical College, and after working alongside Luke Matthews in the kitchen at Chewton Glen at the tender age of 22, opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef.
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’ at Royal Television Society in March 2014. In 2015 he was named Fortnum & Mason Awards ‘TV Personality of the Year’, and won Best Food Programme for Saturday Kitchen at the TV Choice Awards. In 2016 he won Good Housekeeping Food Awards ‘Favourite Celebrity Chef’, as well as the ‘Favourite Cookery Show’ award for Saturday Kitchen, and was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers at the International Cheese Awards 2016.
A keen journalist, James has had a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine on cars and motoring, as well as food columns for BBC Good Food Magazine and Sky magazine. He makes regular appearances around the world including BBC Good Food show, Good Food & Wine Show South Africa, and Gourmet Abu Dhabi.