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 www.livenation.co.uk 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