James Martin admits to struggling with ‘many lows’ as he addresses ‘losing a great friend’
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James Martin, 48, has candidly shared his highlights and “many lows” from the past year in a Twitter post. The chef took to the social media platform on New Year’s Eve to reflect on 2020, and admitted that the death of his close friend Michel Roux Sr has caused him to become both “weaker and stronger”.
Legendary French chef Michel died after battling a long-term lung condition.
He appeared on James’ ITV show, Saturday Morning, just one month before the sad news of his death broke.
Recalling his experiences while ringing in 2021, James penned in view of his 696,000 followers last night: “Well, that’s it folks!
“2020…not a year any of us expected…we have all gone through so much, lost and gained mentally, physically and emotionally…but we are at the end, let’s hope 2021 brings us better…to be fair it can’t be worse. Highlights this year for me were…
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“Surprising the Fuller family by cooking them dinner for no reason other than I wanted to, setting up a online marketplace to help suppliers through and past this mess, putting The Kitchen on the food map and pushing the Saturday show to now millions of viewers a week from near nothing.”
After reflecting on his achievements, James added: “Lows, and there have been many, but losing a great friend Michel Roux Snr will leave me weaker and stronger, his wisdom and words will ring through 2021, with a stronger, more focused mindset I’ll push forward and be better in everything I do, no compromising.
“Thank you all for your support over the years and let’s make 2021 a damn sight better than 2020 was.
“All the best, stay safe everyone and Happy New Year,” he concluded.
Fans took to the comments section of James’ heartfelt post to share their thoughts on his memories of 2020.
One person wrote: “Yes, so many beautiful souls lost to us. We owe them a debt of doing things better, in a kinder way. Happy New Year to you James. @jamesmartinchef.”
Another added: “Michel Roux such a gentleman. Sadly missed but his legacy continues.”
A third person replied: “Lovely words mate. Happy new year.”
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It comes after James admitted he felt “broken” after Michel’s death back in March last year.
He wrote in an Instagram tribute to the chef: “Broken and so sad to let you know we have lost a legend and me a friend… words cannot describe what this man did for me in my life.
“He taught, he listened, he advised and he strengthened every part of what I do.
“Michel I love you, always have and always will… take care my friend and I will see you soon.”
As part of a lengthy statement, his family said: “It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE.
“We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved.
“A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake.
“For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm.”
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