There is nothing that James Martin doesn't know about desserts, cakes and puddings. In his new TV series, which starts on BBC2 in Spring 2007, he shares his passion with the rest of the nation. He travels the country cooking up some truly irresistible dishes and looking at all aspects of sweet tasting treats, from the best of British puddings, to chocolate heaven, and perfect melt-in-the-mouth pastries, tarts and pies. The accompanying book contains over 100 dessert recipes from classics such as Tarte Tatin, Pavlova and Chocolate Mousse; comfort food heaven - Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Apple and Toffee Muffins; old favourites including Spicy Plum Crumble, Ginger Parkin and Lemon Meringue Pie; and traditional recipes for Summer Pudding, Lardy Cake, Junket Ice Cream and Kentish Pudding Pie. He also creates a delicious selection of confections which are destined to become firm favourites including White Chocolate, Whisky and Croissant Butter Pudding, Raspberry and Vodka Terrine, Chocolate Cola Cake and Fig Fritters. James will also share his trademark secrets to making every mouthful one to savour.
James Martin has made a great impact since he began to appear on television in November '96 and has rarely been off screen since. He has been in numerous programmes including Ready Steady Cook, Kitchen Invaders, Housecall, Richard and Judy, and Good Food Live. He is now the host of Saturday Kitchen live on BBC1 and was one of the most popular stars on last year's Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the semi-finals. James' love of food started very young. His father ran the catering at Castle Howard and when he was only twelve, he was able to say that he had cooked for the Queen Mother. He has worked at 190 Queensgate with Anthony Worrall Thompson and was Head Chef of the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester when he was only 22. James has written a number of books including Delicious, Great British Dinners, Eating in with James Martin and James Martin Digs Deep.