Tuesday 1 March 2016


THEY claimed chefs were the new rock n roll, and James Martin's first ever headline tour proved that - with even a bit of music thrown in for good measure.
The dishy and down to earth Yorkshire man from Saturday Kitchen managed to hold his own on the stage of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall as he  led us through some of his favourite recipes of all time. 
The action was live so there was no room for retakes as James, who quits the popular telly show next month, chopped, grilled, fried and even munched his way through some interesting dishes.
Full fat cream and butter were order of the night as James bucked the trend of clean eating to go for some of his more indulgent dishes like the full fat brioche eggy bread and pancetta, the perfect hangover cure.
He did of course offer a few healthy alternatives that he'd made for the NHS, but it was all tongue in cheek as he played on his star status by showing how you could make an 8 pence portion of soup into something you could charge £18 for, with the right trimmings.
A particular highlight was his trick with spinning sugar over one audience member's walking stick!
After twenty year on stage James has struck up a rapport with his audience and his cheeky charm made everyone warm to him.
There were Plates galore, some Mates in the form of video guests like Mary Berry, and a few Automobiles thrown on stage as props.
The only frustration was not getting to sample the food which once cooked appeared to be carted off to some lucky member of the production crew backstage.
James says he has no new show planned after this but we're sure we'll see more of his food in the not so distant future.
The rest of the 25 date Plates, Mates and Automobiles tour reads like this...

Tues 1             BRIDLINGTON                        Spa Royal Hall
Wed 2                        GRIMSBY                   Auditorium
Thurs 3                        BLACKPOOL              Opera House
Sat 5               NOTTINGHAM           Royal Concert Hall
Sun 6              SHEFFIELD                   City Hall
Mon 7             SOUTHPORT              Theatre
Tues 8             BRADFORD                 St George’s Hall
Wed 9                        PRESTON                    Guildhall
Thurs 10          BIRMINGHAM                       Symphony Hall
Sat 12             LIVERPOOL                Philharmonic Hall
Sun 13                        MANCHESTER            Opera House
Mon 14           BLACKBURN              King Georges Hall
Tues 15           LLANDUDNO              Venue Cymru
Wed 16          STOKE                         Victoria Hall
Thurs 17          CROYDON                Fairfield Halls
Sat 19             BATH                           Forum
Sun 20                        BOURNEMOUTH       Pavillion
Mon 21           LONDON                    Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
Tues 22           BRIGHTON                 Centre
Wed 23          PORTSMOUTH                      Guildhall

*Ticket booking fees apply

 All tickets are priced at £30*, and are on sale now via Livenation.co.uk

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