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‘Watch this space!’ James Martin meets his Saturday Morning 'replacement'

James Martin took to Twitter yesterday to share who he thinks might “replace” him on Saturday morning TV. He joked to his fans to “watch this space” as he posed with a young hopeful chef.James, 49, tweeted out a picture to his 719,400 followers yesterday.He captioned it: “Yesterday I met a fine young chap who’s gonna replace me on a Saturday morning at some point…“Watch this space,” he added cheekily.James had retweeted a post from Dominic Farrell, which read: “Love this photo. READ MORE: Elton John ‘booed by crowd’ at farewell tour after Newcastle quip“Thanks to all involved @BBCGoodFoodShow @jamesmartinchef @missmaryberry for creating wonderful memories today.”The picture was of James and a young boy with his own chef ambitions.James’ followers took to the comments section to pay tribute to the chef.Angela wrote: “James - you're irreplaceable.   “Especially when you tempt us with a kilo of bacon & cheese along with fancy cocktail brollies & bubblegum sauce.”Annabella joked: “May have some competition from my 2 and a half year old grandson.”Maggied commented: “His little face, you are obviously his idol. “Brought a tear to my eye for sure.”Valerie added: “What a beautiful picture.

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James Martin issues apology after getting emotional on-air as chef addresses loss
James Martin has just celebrated the 200th episode of his ITV show, Saturday Morning, but his emotions were bittersweet as he honoured the late Michel Roux Senior, a fellow restaurateur, who had been a "father figure" to him.The 49-year-old felt compelled to fight back the tears earlier today as he recalled a time he had cooked at the legendary chef's French home.Michel had been the founder of various restaurants, including as Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in Britain ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, and he remains a household name for foodies even after his death in 2020, aged 78.James, who has always spoken openly about his admiration for the star entrepreneur, swiftly posted an apology to his 717,000 Twitter followers."Sorry I got a bit emotional on the @sat_jamesmartin show," the butter-loving chef declared in his post."Michel Roux Snr was like a father figure to me and that day in France was one of the greatest in my life."However, foodie fans were quick to assure him that his emotions weren't an ingredient they would want to leave out of the recipe.They poured supportive messages onto the post, telling the misty-eyed chef that he should not feel ashamed as his reaction was entirely "human".@KerryVanGelder urged: "Don’t be sorry for having a heart that’s why so many people like myself like you x"@mcam9 chimed in: "NEVER apologise for displaying emotion.
Jane McDonald defends stripping off after wearing swimsuit on Channel 5 travel show
Loose Women star Jane McDonald, 59, has defended her decision to strip off on screens on her popular Channel 5 show Holidaying with Jane McDonald.The presenter and entertainer jetted off to the gorgeous Caribbean islands to give viewers a glimpse of the best destinations to visit for a sunny break.In the show, which aired earlier this year, Jane explored the islands of Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada and Antigua.As she got down to business in the exciting series, Jane wore plenty of summer-ready outfits and swimsuits in eye catching bright colours while she took leisurely dips in the sea along the gorgeous Caribbean beaches.She recently had a sit down with James Martin, celebrity chef, on Saturday morning (May 21) while appearing on his cooking show, and he grilled Jane on the series.James whipped up a mouth-watering dish of scampi and chips, while Jane spoke all about the gorgeous sights in the Caribbean, and the long journey.He said: “You say you don’t like travelling but over there it’s pretty special out there."Jane told James and the audience: “It was fabulous I must admit.”She went on to say: “I’m always on the go and I am always away!“I’ve got such a great filming team and we have such a laugh.”James replied: “It does appear you have good fun!”The 59-year-old presenter spoke about her confidence and stripping off to get into the sea, telling everyone she doesn’t let it stop her from getting stuck in.
'Big mistake!' James Martin full of regret over opening up about Barbara Broccoli romance
He said: “It was a big mistake.“I stupidly didn’t listen to people, but I won’t be doing that again.“I know now that you don’t sell your story. “My industry is based on what I do, not who I am," the chef added in unearthed book quotes, which were previously serialised by MailOnline.James first met Barbara in 2001, and the filmmaker, now 61, is 12 years James’ senior. She bid £18,000 for James to cook for her at the time. James was 29 when they met, and visited her Chelsea home to cater for her dinner party. He wrote later: “The meal was hilarious, and we just clicked.” In spite of their romance not being a quick fling, their lives were too different. The pair decided to call it quits in 2006. James also explained that he would often feel starstruck when out with Barbara. He would frequently find himself in the presence of A-listers such as Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman, which he said made him nervous. James confessed, too, that Barbara, whose net worth has been estimated at $400 million, had often showered him with expensive gifts, such as an £180,000 Aston Martin. As of late, James Martin no longer speaks publicly about his dating life. Despite this, it is known that he is dating TV producer Louise Davies. The pair met on the set of Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but they prefer to stay out of the spotlight. When together, the two are rarely photographed. 
Saturday Kitchen's Matt Tebbutt shares concerns over James Martin's 'very loyal following'
Matt Tebbutt, 48, has hosted BBC's Saturday Kitchen since James Martin's departure in 2016, having previously covered for the chef on the show before.The TV personality has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about his concerns over James' "very loyal following" when he took over the role and his worry they would not stay for him.James presented the cookery series Saturday Kitchen from 2006 until 2016, before leaving the BBC.He now works for ITV, hosting Saturday Morning with James Martin since 2017.Matt took over from James in 2016 and has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about how he felt filling such big shoes.He said: "James had a very loyal following, so I’ve been really pleased that so many viewers have stuck with me."Luckily, I had covered for James quite a few times, so I already knew the ropes and how things worked behind the scenes."The entire team at the show are so friendly and very supportive of me."Matt also worried prior to taking over the show how its viewers would take to him due to the pair's contrasting personalities.He continued: "James and I are quite different personalities, so I just hoped I could put my own stamp on the show, do it in my own way and add my own personality."I hope I’ve achieved that, and viewers are still happy."James has spoken previously about his departure from Saturday Kitchen, admitting he never realised the "impact" he had.Speaking on the Talkshire Podcast podcast, James confessed: "It just really didn't really hit me until I left Saturday Kitchen, which is five years ago now, I didn't realise how big a deal it was and I genuinely mean that."I remember saying to Chris Evans before I announced the fact that I was leaving and he spat his drink out, he couldn't believe it."I
Saturday Morning chef James Martin on why he split from Bond star ex Barbara Broccoli
James Martin, 49, once dated Hollywood legend Barbara Broccoli, who is 12 years his senior.The Saturday Kitchen chef addressed why he called it quits with the James Bond producer back in 2008.James met Barbara, 61, at a charity auction and recalled how the pair “instantly clicked”.The pair went on to date for five years before they finally went their separate ways, with James admitting that there would always be “an imbalance” between them.James, who opened up about their break-up in 2008, confessed that the worlds they came from were just too different. The chef recalled often feeling starstruck in the presence of Hollywood stars like Bond Girl Halle Berry or Nicole Kidman.While James enjoyed plenty of gifts from Barabra over the years, he described how her generosity was eventually the straw that broke the camel’s back.Barbara, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, had showered him with some incredible presents – including three genuine Picassos.But when she tried to buy James an £180,000 Aston Martin DBS with the chassis number 007, it all became too much for the British TV chef. “It wasn’t as if it was my birthday or Christmas – it was just a spur of the moment thought,” he wrote.“In the end I said, ‘If I want something, I’ll work for it. Just drop it or we’re going to fall out over this’.“It was a defining moment in our relationship.
This Morning chefs' lives - 'sad' co-star split, royal connection and huge net worth
This Morning is one of the hottest daytime shows on the silver screen, as celebrities rush to appear on the ITV show watched by millions of viewers each day.But the beloved show wouldn’t be the same without its regular dose of mouth-watering food as TV chefs from far and wide regularly battle it out to appear on the show and showcase their impressive culinary skills.Over the years, viewers have grown fond of many of the cooks to grace our screens, including Phil Vickery, James Martin, Gino D’Acampo and John Torode who quickly became regular stars on the show.But what many of the adoring fans don’t know is about what these national favourites are like away from the cameras.Ahead of long-standing chef Phil Vickery’s 60th birthday, Daily Star have taken a look inside the lives of the popular TV chefs away from the ITV kitchen.One of the first award-winning chefs to appear on the popular daytime show was Australian native John Torode, who blagged his way onto the show where he later became a household name.The cook first started his culinary career at the age of 16 where he developed a passion for cooking from his grandmother in Australia.He then went on to attend a catering college and worked for the Conran restaurants in the UK where he met his fellow MasterChef judge Greg Wallace while working at Quaglino’s.But it was his role on This Morning which made him a cookery connoisseur when he managed to swindle his way onto the show back in 1996.Speaking at the time, John recalled: “If you want to do anything in life, you've got to be bold enough to start out. That’s how my TV career began.“I was.
James Martin to expand restaurant empire as he embarks on new venture in India
James Martin, 49, revealed he is opening a new restaurant in India on the latest episode of ITV’s Saturday Morning.The chef made the admission as Atul Kochhar was preparing a Swahili Paneer curry in the kitchen.Chatting to the host, Atul asked: “When are you going to India, James?”This prompted James to announce that he is opening a restaurant in India later this year.Atul, who was born in Jamshedpur, then probed James to reveal the whereabouts of his new venture.James protested: “I’m not telling you where because you will open next door!“I’m not doing it, not saying a word, that’s all you are going to need to know.“You are a great mate of mine, but you don’t need to know.”Atul then chimed in saying that he has a restaurant in Delhi and urged James not to step on his turf.James couldn’t help but poke fun at his rival, saying jokingly: “Funny enough it’s right next door to yours!” And Atul and the rest of the crew began to laugh.The former Ready Steady Cook star currently has a selection of eateries across the UK including restaurants in Manchester and Hampshire and the James Martin Kitchen bakery chain in various airports.James has been in a long-term relationship with TV producer Louise Davies since 2011 when they met on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.The chef previously admitted that he has no intentions of getting married.He explained back in 2019 that while others may want to go all out for their big day, he is simply “not interested”.He also said that catering a lot of weddings has put him off because he has seen how much goes into planning a big day.James told Sunday People: “No, it doesn’t interest me in the slightest, mainly because I’ve catered for so many weddings.“I admire people who do it, that’s
James Martin hits out at new Strictly stars ‘Seem to be pretty good before they start’
Jame Martin, 49, returns to ITV this morning to continue hosting his cooking show, Saturday Morning.Speaking on a podcast episode, ex-Strictly contestant James Martin hit out at new stars from the dance show, saying they don’t have as much of a “journey” as previous contestants did.Former Strictly star James was asked about his 2005 experience and “being a bit of a whizz on the dancefloor”.The 49-year-old said there was “magic” to the show because contestants didn’t have much previous experience when it came to dancing.When asked if the dance show is as much fun as it appears, the television chef replied: “Back then, it was a journey and people didn’t really know what they were doing.“I think that was the magic of it.”He continued, saying that new Strictly stars seem to be quite skilled dancers “before they even start”.James said: “Nowadays, they seem to be pretty good before they even start, don’t they?”The host of ITV’s Saturday Morning added: “It was that journey that I think people followed, and I enjoyed it, but you have no control over what the hell’s going on.”James compared competing in Strictly Come Dancing to being a professional chef, saying: “But the same ethos applies working in a restaurant.“You just want to be good at it.“You don’t want to appear an idiot,” he told the Talkshire podcast in February.He admitted that his Strictly stint caught the attention of BBC bosses and opened doors for him.James went on to present Saturday Kitchen from 2006 until 2016.James also admitted that he became a chef, despite failing his cooking class in school.He said: “I got a C in art, that was all I got, all I came out with.“But I came out with a passion for food really.“I was quite fortunate, I met an amazing guy called
'A bit of a scare' Saturday Kitchen's Matt Tebbutt shares health update after Jan surgery
Matt Tebbutt, has hosted BBC's Saturday Kitchen since the departure of James Martin in 2016.The television chef has spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about how he is doing since having "emergency" keyhole surgery in January.Matt was rushed to hospital in the middle of January this year, telling his fans on January 19.He posted a picture from a hospital bed, worrying many, but reassured his fans he was getting the help he needed.Matt has since fully recovered and has spoken to Express.co.uk about how he is doing.He said: "Oh god, it was a bit of a scare, but luckily, I got away with just having keyhole surgery."I'm feeling fine now and pretty much back to normal, thanks to all the wonderful staff at The Grange hospital in Newport."At the time with the picture of himself in a hospital bed, he penned on Instagram: "Me, a morphine drip and an emergency appendectomy are keeping me from a much anticipated lunch at @manteca_london with @ollysmith @sarah10016 @hardiegrantuk."But everything and everyone here at The Grange hospital in Gwent has been fantastic."Couldn’t ask for more from such a brilliant health service."So grateful. #nhs #nhsnurse #thegrangehospital #appendectomy."Friends, along with other social media users, took to the comments to wish the TV star well after the shocking news.Susanna Reid said: "Ouch."Naga Munchetty also commented: "Get well soon xx."DJ Sara Cox added: "Woah! Matt! Hope you're feeling better.
James Martin says Chris Evans ‘spat his drink out’ when he announced farewell to show news
James Martin, 49, has shared how radio presenter and close friend Chris Evans reacted when he first told him he was thinking of leaving BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.Speaking on the Talkshire podcast last month, James admitted he didn’t realise the extent of the show’s popularity and impact until he spoke to the Virgin Radio DJ.The Yorkshire-born TV chef was asked about what he loves when it comes to sharing his culinary experiences with viewers.James said: “It didn’t really hit me until I left Saturday Kitchen, which is five years ago now.“I didn’t realise how big a deal it was.“And I genuinely mean that.“And I remember saying to Chris Evans, before I announced the fact, that I was leaving and he spat his drink out, he couldn’t believe it.”James didn’t mention if Chris gave him any advice, or if he had been too stunned to speak.The star spoke about wanting a challenge being part of the reason he left, saying: “I didn't do it for any other reason."I just wanted a different challenge and bits and pieces.”James hosted Saturday Kitchen from 2006 and worked with the BBC for 10 years before he left.He went on to join ITV’s James Martin’s Saturday Morning in 2017.However, his TV career first began back in 1996.The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant said he enjoys endorsing other chefs and their restaurants, giving them “a voice and a platform to showcase what they do”.James added that he always gives genuine recommendations.When recommending a restaurant on TV, he has found that viewers respond positively and often book the aforementioned restaurants in their droves - something other chefs are grateful for.Chefs have been telling James just how busy they’ve been after appearing on TV alongside him.James explained: “In terms of a
James Martin hits back amid claims of fellow celebrity chefs 'backstabbing everybody'
James Martin returns to ITV this morning with the latest episode of his cooking show Saturday Morning.This will see him chatting to personal trainer Joe Wicks as well as inviting over chefs on his show to cook up some dishes.In a candid chat recently, the television chef admitted he’s very close with others in his industry.On a new podcast, James was opening up about the nice things fellow chefs have said to him over his career.In particular, many have been praiseworthy of him for letting them come on his show.He said: “I feel I owe it to my industry, the industry that I fell in love with, to give something back.“That’s my way of doing it, if I can do anything.These guys are amazing people.”James went on to admit while some may think the industry is full of “backstabbers” that is not his own experience.The chef added to the Talkshire podcast at the end of February: “You’re learning off each other, that’s the great thing about this job.“Everybody thinks that they’re all backstabbing everybody but there’s none of that.“It’s a massive industry but also a small industry.“Covid has brought us together more than anything else.”James has been open about struggling during the pandemic, as well as wanting to help fellow chefs when restaurants were closed.Elsewhere, James recently took to social media to apologise to his fans.This came after he failed to advertise his latest project to his followers.Posting on Tuesday, he shared how he made dinner at The Greyhound in Stockbridge for some lucky diners.He shared a few pictures of the pub and its owners as he posted the update.Alongside these, James wrote: “Last night I took over this place for a dinner for 70 guests.“It is owned by some good friends of mine, Lucy and Alex in
'Please take care!' James Martin sparks concern as he issues apology to fans
James Martin has sparked concern among his Instagram followers after issuing an apology to his fans today.The celebrity chef, 49, took to the platform to apologise for not publicising an event he hosted yesterday evening, which lead to the ITV star being inundated with concerned comments.In view of his 685,000 followers, the culinary expert revealed how he had spent his Monday evening.James wrote: "Last night I took over this place for a dinner for 70 guests."It is owned by some good friends of mine, Lucy and Alex in Stockbridge."Great evening and it was a pleasure to do.A post shared by James Martin (@jamesmartinchef)"Sorry I didn’t advertise tickets, it sold out in minutes."Thank you to all who came along!" he ended his post.The star went on to share a series of snaps from the successful evening, including one of him at the table and another of the delicious-looking food.However, his apology sparked concern among some of his followers who claimed that the chef looked exhausted.Taking to the comments, karybee2004 wrote: "Your face Sir Chef!"You look very tired, please take care of you!," alongside a praying hands emoji.While davey_karen penned: "Blimey, do you ever stop James?!!"Instagram user joewood3389 added: "Do you ever have a rest James?"James' post comes after he kicked off his tour on March 4.The star will be heading to 18 locations across the UK as he meets his fans while cooking ten dishes from scratch during the show.The chef also candidly opened up about leaving home when he was younger in a recent interview.In a new chat, the star spoke of his experience growing up in Yorkshire before moving to London for work, as he explained he really missed his family home.Yorkshire-born James shared how his family were