James Martin reveals he's swapping the kitchen for the stage as his band books gigs for the summer

JAMES Martin has revealed he's swapping the kitchen for the stage as his band books gigs for the summer.

The TV chef shared his collection of guitars with fans as he prepared to practice for his upcoming live shows.

James, 48, is best known for whipping up a storm in the kitchen, told his social media followers: "Getting some practice in ….summer gigs with the band are booked in".

One fan replied: "Awe wow there is no end to your talent James ?"

Another said: "I can't wait to hear your music ❤️"

A third gushed: "Wow! James! I look forward to seeing you there playing! Any chance of you and the band playing live??"

Catering to his other skills, the TV star is a member of The James Martin Band.

A visit to their Twitter page reveals they'll be: "Cooking up tasty tunes all summer!"

With :"James Martin, guitar. Steve Webster & Polly Perry, vocals. Marcus Kingwell, bass. Johnny Evans, drums. Seb Hunter, guitar."

Videos on social media show they play a mix of soft rock and blues cover tracks.

Fans will be happy to hear The James Martin Band have gigs lined up at Pub in the Park (June 18 and July 19) and a return to Chris Evans' Carfest.

In 2019 the band had their debut gig at the charity event run by the radio presenter.

James started to learn to play the guitar in 2016 and was roped in to perform at the festival when he appeared on Chris’ Virgin Radio Breakfast show.

Afterwards he told fans: “It’s official, announced on @virginradiouk by Chris Evans my mate… or rather ex mate [crying with laughter emoji].

“We, I say we, my band will play @carfestevent South Sat night, first ever gig all for @bbccin.

“Learning in a scout hut then 40k people! Be nice out there as every spare min spent practising!”

In his day job, James can be found making regular appearances on ITV's This Morning and presenting Saturday Morning with James Martin.

He previously hosted a range of food-based shows for the BBC, including Saturday Kitchen, Ready, Steady, Cook and James Martin's Food Map of Britain.

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