BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen host James Martin cooks up a storm

PUBLISHED: 14:07 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:16 20 September 2011

James Martin

James Martin


CELEBRITY chef James Martin wowed visitors and residents at a Woolmer Green care home with his culinary prowess today (Wednesday) during an open day at the facility.

The host of hit BBC1 cookery show Saturday Kitchen visited Monread Lodge in London Road, as the care home celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished premises.

He gave a series of cookery demonstrations throughout the day, as salivating audience members looked on.

Sophia Roxas, care manager at Monread Lodge, said: “It’s very nice to have someone like James Martin visit, as first and foremost it gives a bit of excitement to our kitchen staff, who like to learn new recipies and try a variety of menus.

“It’s all about food preparation, food hygiene and enjoyment of food, which we think is very important.”

James, meanwhile, knows all too well the importance of good food in care facilities.

Having spent five months working in the kitchen at Scarborough Hospital for BBC documentary Operation Hospital Food, which aired last week, James praised the investment that goes into car homes like Monread Lodge.

“Food is everything, really. It’s an enjoyment, certainly for elderly people and hospital patients,” James told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

“Whenever I come to these places, I can always see there’s much more awareness about food in care homes then there are in hospitals.

“It’s immaculate, and you can see the investment that’s gone in to it. Their kitchen looks better than the one in my restaurant.

“Scarborough Hospital was a long process, it was a hard process, whereas in a place like this change can be implemented in an instant, and that’s why it’s so great.”

Click on the links above for four of the recipes James demonstrated during his visit to Woolmer Green.

For more information about Monread Lodge, part of the Maria Mallaband Care Group, call 0113 2382690 or email

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