ITV signs up chef and presenter James Martin to host a number of new programmes for the network.
“ITV is just such a wonderful broadcaster and an absolute pleasure to work with. Me and my team feel right at home here and are really excited about growing our relationship with the new projects we have coming up. America is a place I have always loved and the chance to go and explore it both for Daytime and Peak at ITV is one I simply couldn’t resist! Being back on Saturday mornings feels really exciting, not a day has gone by in the last year without someone asking me if I’ll be back at that time! But it was really important to me to do things differently… so the new show will take some unexpected turns, watch this space!” – James Martin
Saturday Morning with James Martin sees the popular chef back on our screens to help kick off the weekend at his own home. Packed full of inspirational recipes for the weekend, and with big name guests from the world of entertainment, food and sport, the new series will come from James’ own kitchen, where guests and crew will gather round the counter as they cook and chat. The series has been commissioned to run for twenty six episodes. James, who has appeared on shows such as Ready Steady Cook and Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, is best known in recent years for fronting Saturday Kitchen (pictured top) for BBC One. Martin hosted the cookery and celebrity guest series for a decade before quitting last year.
Martin, according to the Mirror newspaper, quit the show in February 2016 following budget cuts, a broken studio sink – unfixed for two years – and no pay rise. His last edition aired in March the same year.
ITV is to also air James Martin’s American Adventure in the daytime schedule over twenty episodes. The broadcaster will also screen ten prime time editions. This follows on from James’ successful trip around France earlier this year and in this next chapter James will set off on a road trip across a country that has always fascinated him, the USA. Heading West to East from LA to New York, James will explore some of the icons of American food as well as discovering hidden treasures way off the beaten track. James will reveal that contrary to what we might think we know about American cuisine, this vast country is actually home to some of the best food to be found anywhere on the planet.
And after the success of James Martin’s French Adventure in the daytime schedule, ITV has commissioned a ten part evening version of the series to play later in the year too. The series sees James journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
“James Martin is an outstanding chef and broadcaster and has proved to be a big hit with ITV viewers from the success of the French Adventure series. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with him and Blue Marlin again on these exciting new commissions.” – ITV Director of Daytime, Helen Warner