James Martin - 'make sure you protect Bolton Market'

Celebrity chef James Martin

Celebrity chef James Martin

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment reporter

CELEBRITY chef James Martin has urged people to protect the future of Bolton Market, ahead of his visit to the town this weekend.

A supporter of local producers, the Saturday Kitchen presenter will be at Bolton Food and Drink Festival on Bank Holiday Monday.

He will be demonstrating his culinary skills, including whipping up a chicken dish, BBQ lamb and monkey bread, which people can try out at home after picking up ingredients from Bolton Market.

James, aged 42, from Malton in North Yorkshire, said: “People can go and buy the produce after seeing the demonstrations.

“Markets are becoming more and more extinct and if you have got one then look after it.

“It’s generally up North, I think they seem to look after them a lot more.”

James’ television career began in November 1996 with The Big Breakfast and Ready Steady Cook and he since appeared in countless programmes, including Yorkshire’s Finest, which showed him sourcing and cooking local produce.

It was as a young boy that his passion for food was first ignited, helping his father out as catering manager at the stately home Castle Howard.

He said: “I was eight-years-old when I first started, it’s all I’ve done really.

“It’s all I ever wanted to do, I just enjoy it, I enjoy food, I enjoy cooking.”

In recent years, he has helped BBC’s Saturday Kitchen hit a new record with viewing figures of 3.5 million.

James, who has a restaurant at Manchester’s 235 Casino, serving modern British cuisine, said: “It’s always a good laugh.

“It’s hectic but I’ve got a three week break now off Saturday Kitchen, which enables me to go and do the food festivals.

“When I’ve finished, I’ll have a week off and put my feet up.”

He has just finished filming the next series of James Martin: Home Comforts, which sees him sharing recipes and secrets for home cooking.

He said: “It goes out at Christmas on the Beeb. It’s in conjunction with a book. It’s all stuff that I cooked at my house.

“It was nice being able to walk out of the room, 10 feet, and you’re at work. It’s not often you get that.”

Looking towards Monday’s visit to Bolton and James said: “I’ve been doing it for quite a number of years now. It’s grown every year.

“I feel like I’m a regular. Seeing it from its initial beginnings to what it is now, it’s grown. The amount of people that turn up, it’s fantastic.”

James Martin will be in the Festival Marquee, at Bolton Food and Drink Festival, on Monday.

Visit boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com for tickets.

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2:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

steveG says...

Bit late James, Bolton Market was a shadow of its former self many years ago. Who to blame?.Why not the Council?.
Bit late James, Bolton Market was a shadow of its former self many years ago. Who to blame?.Why not the Council?. steveG
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up.


It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right.

Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market.

Sad.
When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up. It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right. Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market. Sad. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 16

12:59am Sat 23 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Dont know if he's on about that other market hall thing but ive been a regular at Ashburner st market for years the main reason to go in chavy full of third world immigrants Bolton but im finding the food maybe cheaper in Aldi :(
Dont know if he's on about that other market hall thing but ive been a regular at Ashburner st market for years the main reason to go in chavy full of third world immigrants Bolton but im finding the food maybe cheaper in Aldi :( Wolfie190
  • Score: 4

1:02am Sat 23 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up.


It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right.

Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market.

Sad.
Bury is on another level I was shocked at all the people and shops open.
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up. It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right. Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market. Sad.[/p][/quote]Bury is on another level I was shocked at all the people and shops open. Wolfie190
  • Score: 6

1:30am Sat 23 Aug 14

whitewall76 says...

I'm 38 now and going shopping on a saturday with the parents when I was a kid alternated between bolton and bury. Both markets were equally good. Now! Haha. Bolton is a complete joke compared to Bury and I'm not just talking about the market. Bolton Council, if they had enough time or inclination to take their fat pig-like faces out of the self service trough should be ashamed at the job they have done on bolton town. Even Salford shopping City is better than bolton TC nowadays and that was all but destroyed by 'riots' a while back. They'll not be happy until bolton looks like a 3rd town full of 3rd immigrants and indoctrinated bearded 3rd world men dressed in. Well, dresses!
I'm 38 now and going shopping on a saturday with the parents when I was a kid alternated between bolton and bury. Both markets were equally good. Now! Haha. Bolton is a complete joke compared to Bury and I'm not just talking about the market. Bolton Council, if they had enough time or inclination to take their fat pig-like faces out of the self service trough should be ashamed at the job they have done on bolton town. Even Salford shopping City is better than bolton TC nowadays and that was all but destroyed by 'riots' a while back. They'll not be happy until bolton looks like a 3rd town full of 3rd immigrants and indoctrinated bearded 3rd world men dressed in. Well, dresses! whitewall76
  • Score: -5

6:52am Sat 23 Aug 14

By George says...

You need to ask stall holders where the produce is from, there are some stalls that supply meat from Eastern Europe, this is normally stacked high much cheaper than the chicken reared locally and more likely to be inferior in many ways, check with the stall holder, ask where your produce is from, check your eggs , the markings will give you a code to verify on line. Cheeses should be from Lancashire, even blue cheese from Garstang, Lancashire cheese from our local hills.
You need to ask stall holders where the produce is from, there are some stalls that supply meat from Eastern Europe, this is normally stacked high much cheaper than the chicken reared locally and more likely to be inferior in many ways, check with the stall holder, ask where your produce is from, check your eggs , the markings will give you a code to verify on line. Cheeses should be from Lancashire, even blue cheese from Garstang, Lancashire cheese from our local hills. By George
  • Score: 4

10:24am Sat 23 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up.


It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right.

Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market.

Sad.
Bury is on another level I was shocked at all the people and shops open.
Not Bad at all Bury Market Wolfie190, and it has atmosphere.

Bolton Market looks like a Barn Sale in Deliverance Alabhama.

Shocking really.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: When I was a Girl many moons ago, Bolton Market was top notch, as was the Market Hall, I loved shopping there, firstly with My Mum then as a Grown Up. It has gone Downhill, - SteveG is absolutely right. Its more like a Second Hand Market now, its awful, I prefer going to Bury Market. Sad.[/p][/quote]Bury is on another level I was shocked at all the people and shops open.[/p][/quote]Not Bad at all Bury Market Wolfie190, and it has atmosphere. Bolton Market looks like a Barn Sale in Deliverance Alabhama. Shocking really. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Sat 23 Aug 14

hal pel says...

This is spurious news piece to say the least. James expresses absolutely no concern about Bolton Market.
This is spurious news piece to say the least. James expresses absolutely no concern about Bolton Market. hal pel
  • Score: 8

12:02pm Sun 24 Aug 14

v1v says...

we NEVER go to bolton now,, always Bury,, its far nicer even the streets are cleaner, Bolton is just a mess, nothing looks right in the way of buildings the council havent got a clue what they are doing,, its just a mish mash of shut down shops, and take aways.. it was a wonderful town in the 60's and 70's when they had the OLD market hall and a proper market with pot baileys and all the other regular stall holders,,,
we NEVER go to bolton now,, always Bury,, its far nicer even the streets are cleaner, Bolton is just a mess, nothing looks right in the way of buildings the council havent got a clue what they are doing,, its just a mish mash of shut down shops, and take aways.. it was a wonderful town in the 60's and 70's when they had the OLD market hall and a proper market with pot baileys and all the other regular stall holders,,, v1v
  • Score: 1

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