James Martin re­turns

Chef James Martin tells us how happy he is with his French ad­ven­ture and a re­turn to Satur­day-morn­ing TV

TV Times - - News - Re­becca Fletcher

NEW COOK­ERY James Martin’s French Ad­ven­ture thurs­day / itv / 8.30pm

James Martin is full of the joys of sum­mer when TV Times catches up with the pop­u­lar TV chef. As well he might be. Be­cause af­ter dev­as­tat­ing fans when he left BBC1’S Satur­day Kitchen last year, James is here to tell us that he has not one, but three new se­ries on the sim­mer for ITV.

‘And I couldn’t be hap­pier,’ smiles James, who can be seen this week pootling around glo­ri­ous French coun­try­side in James Martin’s French Ad­ven­ture and across the pond in James Martin’s Amer­i­can Ad­ven­ture later this year. ‘I’m re­ally ex­cited about the projects I have com­ing up, and chuffed for the view­ers who have sup­ported me over the last 23 years.’

News that he’ll be re­turn­ing to Satur­day morn­ings later in the year with his own show, Satur­day Morn­ing with James Martin, is par­tic­u­larly wel­come. Amaz­ing what a few well-de­served week­end lie-ins will do to make a chef feel re­freshed and rar­ing to go again!

‘It’s true,’ grins James, 45, who’s also al­lowed him­self a hol­i­day this sum­mer. ‘The thought of be­ing back on Satur­day-morn­ing telly feels ex­cit­ing. Not a day’s gone by in the last year with­out some­one ask­ing me if I’ll be back at that time!

‘But it was im­por­tant to me to do things dif­fer­ently, so the new show will take some un­ex­pected turns.’

Promis­ing big-name guests from the world of food, en­ter­tain­ment and sport, James is plan­ning a more per­sonal feel, cook­ing in his Hamp­shire home.

‘My house looks like Glas­ton­bury when I let the cam­eras in,’ groans James, who, fans will re­mem­ber, tri­alled the idea of cook­ing at home in Home Com­forts at Christ­mas (2015) and Christ­mas with Friends (2016). ‘But it feels more homely film­ing in my kitchen, it rings true.’

James’s other big se­ries for ITV, James Martin’s French Ad­ven­ture (which was shown ear­lier this year dur­ing the day­time), proved such a hit that it’s be­ing re­peated in a new halfhour for­mat in a prime­time slot this week. ‘I put every­thing into it, so I’m chuffed to bits peo­ple like it,’ he says.

Pay­ing homage to his culi­nary hero and in­spi­ra­tion, the late, great, Keith Floyd, James trav­els through stun­ning land­scapes in Keith’s old Citroën 2CV, sam­pling the very best in French cui­sine.

‘TV chefs go all over the world these days, but I still think a coun­try 30 miles off the coast of the UK has the best food in the world,’ says James. ‘Peo­ple say the French use too much cream and but­ter but that’s rub­bish – their diet is health­ier than ours! And the wine… I never set out to get drunk as a skunk, but you do see me en­joy a few nice glasses in the se­ries. I even found a rosé I liked, af­ter 10 years on Satur­day Kitchen say­ing I hated it!’

He hopes TV Times read­ers will en­joy try­ing his whole John Dory recipe from the show’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing book. ‘I love cook­ing seafood in the sum­mer,’ he says. ‘It’s light, tasty and per­fect when served sim­ply. En­joy!’

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