Find out more about James Tanner and how he came to be one of our very own chefs on Lorraine!
When I became the latest recruit to the ever-popular TV series Ready Steady Cook the show drew in close to three million viewers per episode. Since then I have appeared on Step up to the Plate BBC1, Take on the Takeaway BBC 2, Saturday Kitchen BBC 1, Something for the Weekend BBC 2, Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is BBC 2, and is a regular on Lorraine and This Morning.
I am also currently the face of Blossom Hill; helping to get your summer off to the perfect start with Blossom Hill Rosé and opportunities to win designer canapé plates!
2010 saw my career soar, with my own range of products with Matalan incorporating everything from cookware to kitchen textiles with a new range hitting the shops in 2011. Previously, I was a regular co-presenter for Great Food Live for UKTV Food.
My brother and I filmed our own 15 part series The Tanner Brothers, broadcast on the Carlton South West region during December 2003, and repeated on Great Food Live in 2004.
In 1999, aged 23, my brother and I realised our boyhood dream and opened Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth. This was the perfect opportunity to put into practice our excellent Roux Brothers training!
The restaurant is in a Grade 1 listed building that is the oldest in the city and was a medieval priest's house. However there's nothing old fashioned about the menu which is mainly modern British with Continental and North American influences.
It has been voted the Best Restaurant in the UK for 2007/8 in the AA Awards, a huge and rarely bestowed honour! I also co-own and run The Barbican Kitchen, also in Plymouth, and this too has attracted much praise.