James Martin inundated with support as he takes break from ITV Saturday Morning show

James Martin on Saturday Morning
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James Martin has received a wave of support after announcing he is stepping back from Saturday Morning for the summer break.

The 51 year old celebrity chef revealed on the latest episode of the ITV programme that it would be the last one before he takes his summer hiatus. On Instagram, James posted an image of the Saturday Kitchen logo next to his 2024 TV Choice Award, informing his followers about his time off.

Accompanying the photos, he showed his appreciation by saying: "Thank you all for tuning in as we air the last show of this series before the summer break! We look forward to August and returning with more amazing guests and chefs for you! Thank you."

The comments section was swiftly inundated with positive messages. Guest Richard Bertinet commented: "Thank you James and the all production team! Always a treat to be on the show! Get some rest! " as reported by the Express, reports the Mirror.

One enthusiast wrote: "Will enjoy your show and will look forward to seeing you again in August. Have a good summer." Another added: "It's been epic. well done chef x."

A further fan expressed: "I'm going to miss you and your show James, but it's great to hear that you'll be back in August. Enjoy your well-earned break with Ralph and Cooper, and of course your birthday rally on the 30th of this month,".

Another follower echoed these thoughts, writing: "Thank you for all your fantastic shows and inspirational recipes. Have a lovely summer break and look forward to seeing you in August."

Saturday Morning aficionados need not worry about missing their favourite show, as repeats are scheduled to begin airing from the upcoming Saturday (June 15). The next episode, which originally aired in October 2023, will feature former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and his wife Liz.

In the previous week's show, the kitchen was graced with the presence of Jordan North and William Hanson, who shared insights into their podcast and newly released book. French culinary delights were presented by TV baker Richard Bertinet, while chef Ashley Palmer-Watts delighted viewers with a Grilled Lobster Mayonnaise.

Later, James Martin welcomed Dipna Anand alongside her father Gulu Anand, the duo behind a renowned restaurant specialising in Punjabi cuisine. Tensions rose in the kitchen segment when Haandi Chicken Masala and Rice were on the menu, as Dipna and her father Gulu engaged in a bit of familial squabble.

The episode saw James hand over a bowl of raw chicken to Dipna, prompting him to remark: "There's your chicken," only for her to retort with: "That the chicken dad's been sulking about." While James managed a laugh and a glance towards Gulu, Dipna stayed focused on the task at hand, adding the chicken to a pot and noting: "I got the butcher to cut the chicken instead of dad."

James couldn't help but interject, reminiscing how watching Gulu expertly carve a chicken "in less than a minute into 27 pieces" was among the most "magical things" he had witnessed on the programme. In agreement, she responded: "That was epic," to which Dipna's father clarified it was "from the joints."

Defending herself, the culinary expert stated: "All I said was you're not the only person who knows how to cut a chicken. I told the butcher how to cut it and I think he's done an ok job."

As their playful banter continued, James looked at the camera in surprise before joining chefs Richard Bertinet and Ashley Palmer-Watts who were seated nearby. In a light-hearted manner, James asked: "You alright gents, you alright lads," while he laughed and took a sip of his drink.

Sensing the tension, Dipna steered the conversation back to her cooking instructions, stating: "Anyway, you can use chicken on the bone. That's traditional."