Saturday Kitchen presenter Matt Tabbutt, 47, has addressed his relationship with the BBC show’s former host, James Martin, 48, saying that the pair haven’t seen one another “in years”. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the chef opened up on taking over the favourite weekend cooking show from the Yorkshire native, admitting that he was “nervous” to do so.
No, I haven’t seen him in years
The culinary star candidly spoke about the relationship he has with his Saturday Kitchen predecessor – revealing that they never cross paths.
When asked if he’s seen the ITV chef, the former pub owner said it’s been a while since they’ve seen each other.
He said: “No, I havent seen him in years.”
Matt went on to reveal that they both work and socialise in seperate circles which don’t overlap.
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He continued: “He [James] does his thing on ITV, he’s got his social circle and it just happens he doesnt cross with mine.
“We’ve all got our own little circles we mix in, but they dont cross,” he added.
Matt made his first appearance on the weekend cooking show in 2009 as a stand-in presenter for James, but became the show’s lead presenter after the chef’s departure in 2016.
Speaking about filling the ITV chef’s shoes, Matt frankly admitted that he had pre-show nervous.
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He said: “I was quite nervous about it, it was not without trepidation.
“But, you know, when the offer comes in, what do you do?”
“You don’t do it because you’re nervous? Or you do it to the best of your ability and if people like it then great, if they don’t, well so be it and if the BBC didn’t like it then I wouldn’t last long,” he laughed.
The chef went on to reveal that he took a straightforward approach to fronting the weekend cooking show.
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“So you just do it, get on with it and be yourself,” he added.
Matt also said that while presenting the show, he acts authentically and shows a very real side to himself, which is the same both on and off-screen.
Addressing his role, he said: “I’m not an actor, I can’t do that.
“A lot of people are and they can behave one way on screen and off the next, but that’s not me,” he explained.
Yorkshire born James chef fronted the favourite weekend cooking show for ten years from 2006 to 2016, before making the decision to leave the BBC.
Two years after his exit, James told ITV’s Loose Women panel that he made the decision to quit the show after witnessing a man drop dead in front of him.
Speaking on Loose Women, the star candidly said that the experience made him realise that he needed to address his work-life balance.
Matt will be appearing at the ultimate foodie festival Pub in the Park at Dulwich Park, London on June 25 to 27, alongside chefs including Monica Galetti and Atul Kochhar.
The festival will feature stunning pubs and restaurants from the UK’s best loved chefs as well as a selection of live music.
Visit here for more information and to book tickets.
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