James Martin – Apple & Custard Tart with Spiced Apple Compote

James Martin is a television sweetheart with a host of TV series to his name.

At the tender age of just five James made his debut in the kitchen. His father ran the catering at Castle Howard and by the age of 12, the young Yorkshire lad had already cooked for the Queen Mother.

At 16 he went to Scarborough Technical College to learn his trade and it was here he shone, as Student of the Year for three years running.

At 16, he went to Scarborough Technical College to begin his formal training. While there, he was student of the year for three years running. His work was noticed by Antony Worrall Thompson, who brought James to London to work. James then travelled throughout France working in the kitchens of French châteaux.

At 21, James opened the new Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester where, as head chef, he changed the menu every day. His TV career started in 1996 when he became a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook; he went on to present Saturday Kitchen and has appeared in dozens of TV shows since.

Enjoy the quarter of an hour with the video. (I’d NOT cut the edge of the pastry….why delete the “housemade charme” …..but that’s only my personal opinion)

….. More about him? Please look here, there and also here.

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