James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

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After decades in the game, James Martin has become a TV chef legend. His culinary career has enabled him to flourish in the world of TV, providing us with exotic recipes from the comfort of our own homes. His popularity is self-evident: two of the UK’s biggest broadcasters – the BBC and ITV – both snapped up the chef for their flagship cooking programmes.

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The BBC’s Saturday Kitchen became James’ home for ten years; he eventually left in 2016.

No more than a year later, in early 2017, ITV grabbed James and gave him his own prime time show, Saturday Morning with James Martin.

He’s not been restricted to live cookery shows either.

In 2018, James travelled to the US to film James Martin’s American Adventure.

James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

James Martin: The TV chef revealed the ‘crazy’ moment that led to a lifestyle change (Image: BBC)

James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

TV cooking: James presented his BBC cooking show for ten years before leaving and joining ITV (Image: ITV)

There, viewers delighted at his quips and tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, all while learning about the various food niches, tips and tricks of the states.

However, like many other broadcasters who chase interesting and exciting projects, James has previously admitted feeling burnt out as a result of his work ethic.

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He revealed in a 2018 interview with i News the pivotal moment that led to him realising his work levels were unsustainable.

It came when he left the BBC after ten years following the news that a man he had been talking to at an awards ceremony had dropped dead on stage after suffering a heart attack – a tragic incident which made James look at his own working life.

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James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

Cooking tips: Since 1996, James has offered the best tips and tricks of the culinary game (Image: BBC)

He said: “You have to question it when your doctor says: ‘We’ve got to operate’ and you can’t find a date in your diary.

“When you can’t fit in a date to have even a doctor’s appointment or a surgery, you think, hold on a minute, this is a bit nuts.

“I don’t mind working, but this is a bit crazy.”

James first appeared on our screens in 1996 with the programme ‘James Martin: Yorkshire‘s Finest’.

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James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

BBC News: James pictured during his Home Comforts days (Image: BBC)

James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

UK cooking: James travelled to France in his twenties to train professionally as a chef (Image: ITV)

His entrance into the world of food was more orthodox than, say, his colleague Rick Stein, who got into cooking through serving freeze-dried curries in a nightclub.

Brought up by a family of farmers, James entered the kitchen at a young age.

A successful few years saw him studying catering at Scarborough Technical College.

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After this, in pursuit of professional training, James travelled to France to learn the cooking trade from the best at the Hostellerie De Plaisance.

James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

Hospitality news: Aged 22 James set up the Hotel du Vin in Winchester in Winchester as Head Chef (Image: BBC)

Fully qualified, James left his native Yorkshire in his 20s and travelled to France.

It was here that he worked at the 3 Michelin star restaurant Maison Troisgros in Roanne.

Returning to the UK, he moved to join Anthony Worrall Thompson’s ‘One Ninety Queen’s Gate’ in Kensington.

James Martin health: Chef's life took 'crazy' turn after overwork

Chris Tarrant: The former quiz show host famously spat James’ food out live on air (Image: ITV)

Shortly after, aged just 22, James set up the Hotel du Vin in Winchester in Winchester as Head Chef.

He has since had his own programmes spanning the globe, bringing the world’s foods into kitchens across Britain.

James Martin’ Saturday Morning is on at 9:30am on ITV.

Source:Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed


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