James Martin thanks ‘lost friends’ for ‘making him a better man’ in tear-jerking tribute

Saturday Morning chef James Martin, 48, is known for his bubbly personality and infectious bellowing laugh and is never usually seen without a smile on his face. But on Wednesday evening he took some time to reflect on the horrid year just gone by.

Thank you for making me a better person

James Martin

2020 claimed many lives as coronavirus swept across the globe, and as a heartfelt tribute to those that are no longer with us, the cook raised a glass to his “many lost friends”.

Taking to Instagram, he shared a black and white photo of a cigar and a bottle of wine.

The caption alongside it read: “To friends lost and this last 12 months I have lost many…

“Thank you for making me a better person… RIP.”

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After seeing the solemn post, fans rushed to the comments section to share their condolences, their own experiences and remember their loved ones who also passed away.

One wrote: “Enjoy the wine and cigar and raise a glass to absent friends and stay safe you and all your teams.”

“Sending you a big hug,” another added.

A third noted: “Lovely sentiment, wine looks divine.”

“So very sad. Marvellous chiefs. They have left a great legacy,” a fourth agreed.

The post comes after news broke of famed chef Albert Roux’s death on 4 January this year, just months after his brother Michel.

The 85-year-old French cook, who opened Le Gavroche in 1967 alongside his sibling, had been unwell for a while his family said.

James was among those leading tributes to the legendary cook, writing a touching message of thanks for everything he and his brother contributed to the culinary world.

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“Such a sad start to the year…

“Albert Roux was a true titan of the food scene in this country and inspired and trained some of the best and biggest names in the business,” he said.

“RIP and today I will open a bottle of the finest red and raise a glass… in fact the bottle to you and your brother and say thank you for everything.”

He added: “My thoughts to all the Roux family and friends.”

Gordon Ramsay also paid his respects, writing on social media: “So so sad the hear about the passing of this legend, the man who installed Gastronomy in Britain.

“We’ve shared the same office for the last decade and walking up those stairs today is going to be really difficult.

“Thank you Albert for everything you gave me, God Bless you Chef.”

Saturday Morning airs on Saturday’s at 10am on ITV.

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