James Martin 'storms off' set after air fryer question

by 24britishtvMarch 25, 2024, noon 22
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James Martin playfully stormed off the set of Saturday Morning when First Dates star Merlin Griffiths asked him about air frying. The TV chef said: "See you later," and walked away from Romy Gill's cooking segment.

Romy was preparing a Punjabi street food recipe, Aloo Bread Pakora and Mint Chutney with Chaat Masala, when Merlin asked if the deep-fried bread could be cooked in an air fryer instead. Merlin wondered aloud: "It's got to be deep fried... it's interesting because people would traditionally keep a pot of fat on the stove for doing the odd bit of deep frying."

"These days - would this work in an air fryer I'm guessing? " James Martin pretended to gag at the suggestion before telling his guests: "I'm off! See you later."

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Romy seemed to agree with James, rolling her eyes and telling Merlin: "Please don't ask me about air frying - no, no! Absolutely not! ", reports the Express.

Luckily for viewers, James came back to continue filming just moments later, patting Romy on the back and laughing with the production team - showing his walk-off was all in good fun. However, James has made his feelings about air fryers quite clear in the past, even dramatically claiming that the devices "should be banned".

The TV chef was making his own version of KFC, which he called JFC, at the BBC Good Food Show Winter in Birmingham's The NEC last November. He really doesn't like air fryers. He told people then: "I don't use an air fryer. In my opinion they should be banned."

He also said while making the fried chicken: "I don't even want to speak to anyone that has an air fryer. You can't do this in a bl***y air fryer. It's got to be deep fried to get the colour, texture and flavour".

James Martin has two restaurants at The Lygon Arms in Broadway. Tavern which aims for a pub vibe with a cosy atmosphere and an array of nibbles, and Grill with its vaulted ceiling and range of dishes is for a more formal occasion.

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