1972 - Martin is born in Malton, North Riding, Yorkshire
1978 - Starts working on the family pig farm at the age of six
1984 - His father, who is in charge of catering at the Castle Howard estate, gets him a job as a pot washer in the kitchen
1988 - Enrols at Scarborough Technical College, where he wins the award for student of the year three years running.
1993 - Aged 21, he opens his first restaurant, the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester
1996 - Makes his first TV appearance in James Martin: Yorkshire’s Finest and becomes a regular on Ready Steady Cook
2005 - Comes fourth in Strictly Come Dancing with partner Camilla Dallerup
2006 - First appearance on Saturday Kitchen
2007 - Stars in his own TV series, Sweet Baby James, in which he focuses on desserts, puddings and cakes
2011 - Appears in the BBC series Operation Hospital Food, in which he is charged with revamping the menu and facilities at Scarborough General Hospital. Opens his restaurant the Leeds Kitchen in the Alea Casino
2012 - Opens his restaurant at the Talbot Hotel in Malton
2013 - Stars in the Great British Budget Menu with Angela Hartnett and Richard Corrigan.
2013 - Opens a new restaurant in Manchester - James Martin Manchester