What’s on Manchester:
James Martin Tickets at the Opera House, Manchester
Sunday 13th March 2016
Tickets from £34.15
‘Plates, Mates and Automobiles’
The tour marks 20 years since James first graced our TV screens, winning the hearts of the nation. His show will be a fast-paced, interactive and high-tech extravaganza. Packed with James’ signature cooking demonstrations, full of surprises and not to mention some very special guests, audiences across the country will be thrilled as this multi media production is brought live to the big stage.
James Martin said: “I’ve been cooking live on TV for 20 years now and I felt it was time to do something I’ve never done before that was truly special. I’m so excited to be heading out on my first ever tour, doing what I do best but on the big stage. I can’t wait to get out there and visit so many great parts of the UK, this show is going to be super cool. I’m pulling out my favourite recipes and mixing in plenty of surprises and special guests in what I hope is going to be feast of a live show. Hope to see you there!”
James was born in 1972 in Malton, Yorkshire. He was brought up on the Castle Howard estate where his father worked as a catering manager. At 16 he began his formal training at Scarborough Technical College, where he was Student of the Year for three years running.
After catering college James went to work for Antony Worrall Thompson in the kitchens of One Ninety Queen’s Gate in London. James went on to work for many leading chefs in London including Marco Pierre White. He then toured France, working in chateaux kitchens and gaining experience in Michelin star establishments. When he moved back to England, he took up a position as junior pastry chef at the acclaimed Chewton Glen.
In 1994, just a few weeks short of his 22nd birthday, James opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as head chef, where he became famous for changing the menu every day. It was a spring-board to the hotel opening up nine more hotels over the next 10 years.
James’s television career began in 1996 with The Big Breakfast and Ready, Steady, Cook. Over the next ten years he went on to film shows including:
- Kids Eat the Funniest Things
- Fifty Ways to Feed Your Lover
- For Better for Worse
- Simply Fish
- Scouting About
- Entertaining With James
- Use Your Loaf with Paul Hollywood
- Master and Servant with Antony Worrall Thompson
- Why Weight
- Kitchen Invaders
- Good Food Live
- James Martin Sweet
- Yorkshire’s Finest
- Out of the Frying Pan
- Too Many Cooks
- Castle in the Country
- Digs Deep
In 2006 James became the presenter of popular BBC One show Saturday Kitchen. The show is a Saturday morning staple, regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million.
In 2007 James appeared as co-host of The Great British Village Show on BBC1. He finished off the year with a series on UKTV Food called James Martin’s Christmas Feasts. The following year the 30 part series, Eating with the Enemy, was broadcast.
In September 2011 James was tasked with revamping the menu and catering facilities at Scarborough General Hospital for the BBC’s Operation Hospital Food. The show was recommissioned for a second and third series in 2013 and 2014. Hospital food remains one of James’s great passions.
In 2012 James interviewed Sir Jackie Stewart for Racing Legends on BBC2 about his life and career. The pair drove through the Alps in a Pantera supercar and James also drove Sir Stewart’s Tyrell Formula One car around the Monza race circuit. James described it as “a dream come true”!
In 2013 James presented United Cakes of America on the Good Food Channel. Throughout the 15 episode series he travelled 634 miles along America’s East Coast, sampling 234 cakes and five bags of pretzels with the production crew along the way!
He also joined The Roux Scholarship judging panel along with celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc and Angela Hartnett. He remains part of the judging panel, searching for a Roux Scholar from a selection of bright young UK-based chefs.
James also appeared alongside Angela Hartnett and Richard Corrigan on BBC1 in The Great British Budget Menu. The show shone a spotlight on food poverty and involved the chefs cooking nutritious meals on a budget.
In late 2013 James joined Mary Berry as co-judge on the Junior Bake Off on CBBC. Screened over two weeks, viewers saw forty bakers compete to be Junior Bake Off Champion by completing Technical Bakes and Showstopper Challenges. The show went on to win a BAFTA for Children’s Entertainment.
In 2014 James hosted the highly successful Home Comforts for the BBC. Throughout the series James shared his recipes and secrets for home cooking from his own kitchen. The show returned in 2015 for a second series with an accompanying book of the same name and secured high viewing figures for the BBC.
James has also appeared as a guest on programmes including The One Show, Loose Women, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Junior Master Chef and BBC Breakfast.
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