Ashley Morrison's Blog

December 5, 2014

English TV celebrity chef

While doing a bit of a tidy up in the studio this week with my daughter Holly, we came upon this cookery book called James Martin’s Great British Dinners – which was obviously by English TV celebrity chef James Martin himself – which as you can see here he had kindly signed…
Book called James Martin's Great British Dinners which has been signed by James Martin and made out to Chloe and Holly.
.. to both her and her sister Chloe.

Brought back great memories of this shoot which was commissioned by the BBC, for an editorial feature about James here…
English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the kitchen of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. and his beautiful 19th-century house in Hampshire, which he had just recently bought and was planing to extend quite a bit.

So quickly showed Holly some of the images we produced, like this one of Rachel from the BBC talked to James out in the Garden…
Rachel Watson from the BBC with English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the garden of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which as you might expect, was where he grew fresh organic produces – which is naturally high on any top chef’s agenda – while Marie worked her magic inside.

Some great Boy’s Toys, like racing helmets, guitars and vintage posters of sports cars throughout the house – but perhaps the most surprising thing was the kitchen which James himself described with a smile, as being a bit Barbie
English TV celebrity chef James Martin's kitchen in his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which I think possibly came as a shock when he finally saw it painted !

Anyway, needless to say, the person shot had to be of James in this great kitchen…
English TV celebrity chef James Martin in the kitchen of his detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. which I explained to Holly required more lights to light-up than one would have expected, due to it’s size and shape of the over all room.

And yes his dog who he called Fudge – who can you can see here sitting in his custom built den…
Fudge in English TV celebrity chef James Martin's kitchen.
.. was very happy to get the steak used in that shot too smile

Anyway, interesting home style wise according Marie & Rachel – and quite ornate in places too – but it was his bedroom here…
The Master bedroom in English TV celebrity chef James Martin's detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. that naturally got the girls smiling the most – as it was just as I’d expected – even though it was not quite what one might expect to see in their magazine – which it did all appear in as you can see here…
Pages 154 to 159 in the February 2007 issue of BBC Good Homes magazine featuring English TV celebrity chef James Martin's detached 19th-century house in Hampshire.
.. the follow year.

We’ve shot quite a few celebrities in their homes over the years – and as always, we find them great to work with – because they know how to work for the camera and how important it is to get the shots just right.

James was no exception here – he was relaxed, professional and… well just a really nice guy to work with !!

And this book he signed here afterwards, to Holly & her sister, was a reminder of all of that.

So from Marie, Rachel & me, plus my two girls, I’d just like to say a belated: Thank you James for everything… and especially for this beautiful book too.

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