James Martin has taken the decision to step down as presenter of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen after ten years.
“Saturday Kitchen will continue to ease millions of viewers into their weekends and this represents an exciting opportunity to see some other talented chefs present the show, working alongside the very dedicated production team at Cactus TV.” – Dan McGolpin, Controller BBC Daytime and Early-Peak BBC One
Martin, who has presented the show since 2006, will leave Saturday Kitchen at the end of March to concentrate on his other projects the BBC officially announced. However Martin, according to the Mirror newspaper, quit the show following budget cuts, a broken studio sink – unfixed for two years – and no pay rise.
He was a little more positive about the show in his farewell BBC statement:
“I would like to personally thank all the viewers for turning Saturday Kitchen into a three million-plus smash hit. I could not have done it without them. I would also like to thank the BBC and Saturday Kitchen for the great opportunity they gave me. It has been an amazing journey and I have been privileged to work with some of the world’s greatest chefs and some of the greatest names in showbiz. I wish the new chefs every success. I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new projects and to lots of lie-ins on a Saturday morning.” – James Martin
Saturday Kitchen airs every Saturday at 10am on BBC One. Guest presenters will be used on the show from April. James Martin will continue to be seen on Saturday Kitchen Best Bites on BBC Two Sunday mornings.
“On behalf of our viewers, I’d like to thank James for the last 10 years in which he has given up his Saturday mornings and more to help make Saturday Kitchen into the much loved institution that it is today. James works extremely hard, not just on TV but across all of the other things that he does, I can understand his decision to concentrate on other things and I think we’ll see him back on the BBC before long.” – – Dan McGolpin, Controller BBC Daytime and Early-Peak BBC One