TV chef rolls to the Opera House

James Martin with his Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle
James Martin with his Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle
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Popular TV chef James Martin is heading to Blackpool Opera House on his first UK tour.

The tour marks 20 years since he first appeared on screens, as one of the Ready Steady Cook team on BBC.

James Martin: Plates, Mates And Automobiles promises to be a ‘fast-paced, interactive and high tech extravaganza’, featuring cooking demonstrations, surprises and ‘very special guests’.

“I’ve been cooking live on TV for 20 years now and I felt it was time to do something I’ve never done before that was truly special,” James said. “I’m so excited to be heading out on my first ever tour, doing what I do best but on the big stage.

“I can’t wait to get out there and visit so many great parts of the UK, this show is going to be super cool.

“I’m pulling out my favourite recipes and mixing in plenty of surprises and special guests in what I hope is going to be feast of a live show.”

James Martin began catering college at 16 and went on to open his first restaurant at just 22 years old. His television career started in 1996 and he’s rarely been off the screen since.

A spokesman added: “James has become a true household favourite, presenting and taking part in some of the nation’s most loved programmes.”

James Martin: Plates, Mates And Automobiles, Opera House, Blackpool, Thursday, March 3. Tickets cost £30.