About James Martin

James Martin is a British chef and television presenter, best known for his television work with the BBC and ITV. He has presented several programmes on food and cookery, and is the author of numerous books on the same subject. In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for his services to the food industry.

Martin was born in Dartford, Kent, and grew up in South East London. He began his culinary career working in a number of restaurants in London, before moving to France to work at the Michelin-starred La Tante Claire in Chelsea. After a stint working in Japan, he returned to the UK and became head chef at the Ritz Hotel in London. He has since worked as a consultant chef at several restaurants, including The Boxwood Café in London and The Ivy in Los Angeles.

Martin's television career began in 1997 with the BBC series James Martin: Cookery School, which ran for two series. This was followed by a number of other programmes on the BBC, including Saturday Kitchen, James Martin's Mediterranean and James Martin's Islands to Highlands. In 2007, he moved to ITV, presenting the daytime programme James Martin's British Food Adventure. He has also appeared as a judge and guest chef on a number of other programmes, including MasterChef, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

Martin is a regular contributor to a number of magazines and newspapers, and has written eighteen books to date. His first book, James Martin: Cookery School, was published in 1998 and was followed by a number of other titles, including James Martin's French Adventure, James Martin's Delicious Dishes and James Martin's Great British Feast. He has also released a number of cookbooks, including The Delia Collection: James Martin and Home Comforts: Over 100 Recipes for Every Day.

Martin is a patron of the charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Hospitality Action. He is also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, and has raised over £1 million for the charity through a number of challenges, including a skydive and a challenge to cook a meal for Prince Charles.

In 2016, Martin was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford.

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