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James Martin made a great impact with his television debut in November ‘96 and has rarely been off screen since. He was a regular chef on 'Ready Steady Cook' (BBC2), and in 2006 reached the semi-finals of 'Strictly Come Dancing' (BBC1). He went on to present BBC1’s hit series 'Saturday Kitchen' for 10 years, regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million.
In 2008 James featured in 'The Real Italian Job' (BBC2) where he lived his dream of racing in the exclusive Mille Miglia in Italy in a vintage sports car. With over 3.5 million viewers it cemented his reputation as a favourite among car experts and enthusiasts.
He has presented many series for UKTV and BBC; 'Operation Hospital Food', 'Operation Meet the Street', 'The Box', and 'Home Comforts', as well as being a judge on 'Junior Bake Off'. In 2016 he guest presented ITV’s 'This Morning', and two-part special ‘James Martin’s Christmas with Friends’ on Food Network UK. In 2017 James launched a new series on ITV ‘James Martin’s Saturday Morning’. His latest prime time ITV series are ‘James Martin’s French Adventure’, ‘James Martin’s American Adventure’, he also featured in ‘Britain’s Favourite Dogs’ on ITV, and ‘Walks with my Dog’ for Channel 4 in 2018.
James is the author of 18 popular cook books, picking up many awards along the way, as well as his autobiography ‘Driven’ (Harper Collins). His latest books, both published by Quadrille also accompanied by television series on ITV, are ‘James Martin’s Great British Adventure’ in 2019 and ‘James Martin’s Islands to Highlands’ in 2020.