James Martin wows crowds at Food Festival
THE Bolton Food and Drink Festival was packed with top-notch chefs all weekend but when it came to James Martin, organisers really did save the best until last.
The Yorkshireman said even he felt like “part of the furniture” after returning the festival for the fifth year running.
Ahead of his sell-out demonstrations yesterday (SUN), the Saturday Kitchen Live star said: ”It’s great to keep getting invited back to Bolton and pleasure to be part of the festival again.
“It’s amazing to have seen how it’s grown as an event over the years from its baby-phase to what it is now.
“Every year this marquee gets bigger and bigger. I always try to get out and about round the stalls if I get chance to see what the stalls have got to offer.
“Events like this are great because they pull people into the town to see what producers have to offer. The chefs are able to draw people in but really it’s all about the food and the stalls.
“I think times have been tough for independent suppliers but we’re starting to see a change.”
For his three demonstrations throughout the day, James cooked up a of range dishes from black pudding to delicious fish dishes.
“I’m cooking up lots of different things but as I’m in the North West I thought I’d start with black pudding,” he said.
When James is not cooking up a storm at events across the country, he has been busily preparing for the opening of his new restaurant in Manchester in September.
For his latest venture, the chef has taken over the former Linen restaurant Manchester235 Casino and will serve up his signature style of modern British fare.
“I’m not really that nervous about it, not in the same way as I was when I opened my first restaurant. I just enjoy it now.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy working as a chef but there are a lot more difficult jobs than working with food. You have just got to love it.”
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