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James Martin hitting the road for first ever tour

James Martin hitting the road for first ever tour

James Martin has announced his first ever tour 'Plates, Mates & Automobiles' and insists it is going to be a unique live experience.

The 'Saturday Kitchen' host is uniting his two main passions in life, cooking and cars, for a show he is taking across the UK and he has promised he has a few tricks up his sleeve to make it unforgettable, including a stunt he's been in serious training for.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "I've never done it (food) as a gimmick, it's never been a p**s take. It's always been a serious thing ... Some of the things I'm doing will never be seen again. One of the things I'm doing for the tour I've literally been training seven days a week."

The 25-date tour - which kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland, and takes James to his most coveted venue, the Apollo in London - will see a string of celebrities join him on stage but the 43-year-old presenter won't invite along any "prima donnas".

James revealed: "I don't do all this prima donna bull. The big 'I am' ... I like good honest people and great friends. And that's always been my life. It's always been about the food. But you meet people along the way.

"I've watched other chefs do their (tour) thing and a lot of the ones I've seen is about themselves, like, 'Isn't life wonderful? Look at me.' And then the other ones that are about food predominantly can be quite boring because it's, 'Oh here's another scone recipe.' Not interested in that ... I enjoy car collecting and bike collecting. There'll be a few of those on stage. We'll be talking about that, but I don't want it to be a manly, blokey thing. So it's what I've done all my life. I think they'll be a lot of women there."

Tickets for James' 'Plates, Mates & Automobiles' tour are available from from 9am on Friday (16.10.15).

James Martin's 'Plates, Mates & Automobiles' tour dates:

Monday February 22, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday February 23, Edinburgh Usher Hall

Wednesday February 24, Newcastle City Hall

Saturday February 27 Harrogate International Centre

Sunday February 28 York Barbican

Tuesday March 1, Bridlington Spa Royal Hall

Wednesday March 2, Grimsby Auditorium

Thursday March 3, Blackpool Opera House

Saturday March 5, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Sunday March 6, Sheffield City Hall

Monday March 7, Southport Theatre

Tuesday March 8, Bradford St George's Hall

Wednesday March 9, Preston Guildhall

Thursday March 10, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Saturday March 12, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sunday March 13, Manchester Opera House

Monday March 14, Blackburn King Georges Hall

Tuesday March 15, Llandudno Venue Cymru

Wednesday March 16, Stoke Victoria Hall

Thursday March 17, Croydon Fairfield Halls

Saturday March 19, Bath Forum

Sunday March 20, Bournemouth Pavillion

Monday March 21, London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

Tuesday March 22, Brighton Centre

Wednesday March 23, Portsmouth Guildhall