This British television presenter and chef didn’t stumble upon fame. His rise to stardom was as a result of a conscious pursuit of a dream. If you ask James Martin how his career journey started, he’d trace the beginning of his passion for food to when his dad was appointed a catering manager at the Castle Howard estate located in North Yorkshire, England. Thereafter, he will point out that the said passion intensified when he was 13 and embarked upon a trip to the South of France where he got to experience good wine and food that made him swear to tailor his life towards being a professional cook.
Over the years, his career evolved and saw him become a media personality. Today, Martin is not only known for being a trained and professional cook but is also admired for his works on television with big shot media outlets like ITV and BBC.
As a television presenter, he is probably most recognized for serving as the presenter of Saturday Kitchen, a BBC cookery programme he presented from 2006 to 2016. Aside from that, it is no secret that James is the presenter of ITV’s James Martin’s American Adventure, James Martin’s French Adventure, and Saturday Morning with James Martin.
James Martin’s Biography
Even as it is known to many that James Martin is a British chef and media personality, many aren’t aware that he was born in Malton, a market town located in North Riding of Yorkshire, England, and that his date of birth was on the 30th of June, 1972. Growing up in Castle Howard, James picked up his earliest interest in cooking and its techniques while assisting his mom in the kitchen.
After he left Malton School, he attended Scarborough Technical College where he studied catering before moving on to polish his skills as a chef under the guidance of renowned chefs like Marco Pierre White and Antony Worrall Thompson. He would work with various prestigious outlets before he eventually set up at Winchester’s Hotel and Bistro du Vin serving as its head chef; he was barely 22 when he attained this feat.
It was in 1996 that James Martin’s television career commenced with shows like The Big Breakfast, and BBC’s Ready Steady Cook. James pulled off other successful shows which helped him land his big break as the presenter of Saturday Kitchen.
Beyond the facts you may have deduced about the chef and tv presenter from the foregoing, there are more than a handful of other interesting things to know about Chef James, read on and learn more…
5 Interesting Facts You Need To Know
1. He Runs a Bunch of Restaurants
They include James Martin Manchester which he opened in 2013, The Kitchen Cookery School at Chewton Glen, and James Martin Kitchen, his premium cafe located at Stansted and Glasgow Airport.
2. James Martins is also a Writer
In this capacity, he wrote a column about motoring for the British conservative newspaper, The Mail on Sunday. That’s not all, his site (jamesmartinchef.co.uk) boasts that he has authored a score of best-selling cookbooks. His autobiography, Driven: Cooking in the Fast Lane – My Story gave a detailed account of how this Brit worked hard to become a successful TV chef and almost every other thing one may wish to know about his life and career.
3. What’s his Net Worth?
While we haven’t been able to authenticate his net worth estimated at $5 million, it’s pretty obvious that James Martin has accumulated a substantial fortune from his career as a chef and tv personality. James’ books and his endorsement of a vast kitchen appliance have of course bolstered his wealth.
4. Career Attainments
Disregarding the restaurants he runs, the many books he has published, the various television works he has undertaken, and the wealth he has gathered from the various endeavours associated to him being a chef and media personality, James’ career has also brought him several awards and prestigious recognition. Way back in 2010, the University of West London made him an Honorary Professor. A few years later (in 2013), he received the Craft Guild of Chefs Special Award.
5. His Love Life
James has been dating his television producer partner Louise Davies since 2011. The chef once hinted that he is happy with the way things are between him and Louise, disclosing that they don’t have plans to get married or to become parents.
Bonus Facts: Apart from food, James Martin is a big fan of planes, cars, and bikes. He’s receiving training on how to fly helicopters and loves dogs a great deal.