Saturday Morning chef James Martin, 48, took the opportunity to offer some kind words to Raymond Blanc, 70, after he addressed the death of his mother. The ITV favourite said he was sending “big love” to the culinary chef during this difficult time.
In view of his 468,000 Twitter followers, Raymond opened up about his loss last month.
He penned: “These last 2 weeks, I kept myself to myself. I lost my 97-year-old mum known as ‘maman Blanc.’ She was all love and spread it around all of her life, great cook and gardener. She gave me the strongest foundations of my ethics, cooking and the creation of @lemanoir @brasserieblanc.”
James was one of the first to reply to the emotional tribute as he offered his condolences.
The ITV favourite replied: “Big love to you chef… I will raise a glass to a special lady this evening.”
James Martin reacts to colleague’s sad news ‘Big love to you’
Chef Raymond Blanc announced the death of his mum
Raymond appeared on an episode of James’ Saturday Morning earlier this year and has also joined him in the kitchen when the TV chef presented on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.
Last month, the small-screen star paid tribute to his late friend and popular chef Gary Rhodes.
The British chef died in November due to a bleed on the brain.
The dad-of-two – who moved to the UAE in 2007 – was working on the day he died and his death is said to have come as a complete shock.
James Martin offered his condolences to Raymond Blanc
His family confirmed in a statement at the time that Gary had suffered a subdural hematoma, usually associated with a brain injury.
The chef was also known for shows such as Rhodes Around Britain, MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen.
James honoured Gary by making his “iconic” Welsh Rabbit on This Morning, praising the “legend”.
Elsewhere, the ITV chef celebrated his birthday like many others in lockdown but appeared to be spending his special day working.
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The culinary expert revealed he was busy preparing to open his restaurants after they remained closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, James said: “Thank you for all the birthday messages… spent it cleaning and painting the restaurant ready for reopening. Can’t wait to get back in the kitchen… cheers!”
Fans flocked to comment on the post, as many offered him birthday wishes.
One person said: “James you’re a workaholic! Hope you get to chill this evening with a stiff G&T and a nice cigar.”
While another person remarked: “Happy Birthday! Hope you have time to celebrate properly now.”
The small-screen star is the owner of James Martin Manchester, The Kitchen at Chewton Glen in Hampshire and café chain James Martin Kitchen.
Last week, the TV star confirmed he was back in the great outdoors filming new episodes for James Martin’s Saturday Morning on ITV.
James Martin’s Saturday Morning airs Saturday on ITV at 9.25am.