James Martin details real reason behind Ready Steady Cook bandana: ‘Looked a plonker’

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James Martin, 48, opened up what people thought was a bandana that he became synonymous for wearing back when he appeared on Ready Steady Cook in the late 90s. The TV chef explained that he would need to keep his “long” hair back while cooking, and therefore would use a tea towel fashioned as a bandana to keep his locks from getting in the way.

It wasn’t a gimmick

James Martin

James revealed: “They were never bandanas – they were a piece of tea-towel we had at the restaurant.

“Because I had long hair and I didn’t have time to get my hair cut, I used to tie it back and that’s how the bandana came [about]. It wasn’t a gimmick.”

“The weird thing is, the jacket still fits me from 26 years ago, so I’m going in the right way. The bandana I look a bit of a plonker in. Back then I probably looked alright,” he added to OK! Magazine.

James also divulged that he would not wear the bandana now on his Saturday Morning show or in the future.

Recently the Michelin starred chef left fans stunned after admitting that he can still fit into his old Ready Steady Cook outfit.

In view of his 662,000 followers, the TV chef uploaded video evidence of his discovery as he sported the ensemble.

He captioned the post: “I found it and bl**dy hell it still fits! Stay safe all.”

In the clip, James could be seen sporting his signature yellow bandana, as he nodded his head to Rolling Stones hit song Sympathy For The Devil.

The new host of Ready Steady Cook, Rylan Clark-Neal, replied to the tweet with laughing-face emojis.

A fan commented: “I bought those jackets because you and @ChefTonyTobin wore them.”

This prompted Tony to reply, as he said: “Think I’ve still got mine too,” followed by a laughing face emoji.

James replied: “Bl**dy thing still fits. Result let’s get on the show and kick a**e ha ha.”(sic)

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It comes as James also reminisced on a time he performed The Full Monty alongside his Ready Steady Cook co-stars for Children In Need.

James shared: “We raised about 8.5 million quid in about an hour and a half. 

“Ainsley Harriott, myself, Anthony Worrell Tomson, Brian Turner and Tony Tobin – the days of Spice Girls.

“I remember Mel B asked me where the toilet was. She thought I was a security guard at the BBC! The fact that I had Velcro pants on…. It was very funny.”

However these days the star is busy hosting his Saturday Morning programme from his sprawling countryside estate. 

James admitted that one of the hazards of filming from home was his dogs often appearing in shot.

“You’ve got dogs running around in the kitchen and dogs running round in the garden,” James said. 

“We’re probably going to get loads of letters saying, “Oh I’ve not washed my hands since I touched my dog,” he added to The Metro.

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