James Martin confession: TV chef’s ‘biggest low’ after making huge personal sacrifice

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James Martin has become one of the best known TV chefs in Britain. He has spent decades on screens around the country offering the best dishes and culinary tips from around the world. His success and popularity is self-evident in his being sought after by two of the UK’s biggest broadcasters.

Having spent ten years at the BBC presenting ‘Saturday Kitchen’, he left in 2016 and was quickly snatched up by ITV.

He has presented ‘Saturday Morning with James Martin’ since early 2017.

Live cookery shows aren’t his only forte.

His trade has seen him film spin-off cookery shows, like ‘James Martin’s American Adventures’ which, in 2018, saw him in search of some of the US’ most famous dishes.

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All of this, however, has come at a cost: his personal life.

He revealed his exasperation at having given up a regular life, not settled down or had kids in an interview with Prime Magazine earlier this year.

James explained: “The biggest low of my career is that I’ve given up everything for it.

“I look at my mates and they’re all married with kids, and that’s not the case for me because I’ve been so focused on work.”


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However, he said that despite the huge sacrifice, if he were given the opportunity to go back, he wouldn’t do anything differently.

He said: “The level of commitment it requires and the choices you have to make have a huge impact.

“But would I do the same thing again?

“Probably, because it’s made me who I am.

“And why does everybody have to follow the norm anyway?”

James is known for his hard work across multiple platforms.

Yet, with hard work comes burn out and in many cases a reevaluation of life.

He revealed the moment he knew his life was taking a “crazy” turn to The i in 2018.

It came shortly after he left the BBC and had received 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 event which made him reflect on his own working life.

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 made his TV debut in 1996 with the programme ‘James Martin: Yorkshire’s Finest’.

He has graced our screens ever since, and appears to have no plans to give up his dream job anytime soon.

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