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