James Martin says emotional farewell to Saturday Kitchen

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Celebrity chef James Martin broke down in tears as he bid an emotional farewell to Saturday Kitchen.

In his final episode, Martin had a number of surprise callers, including 'Mary from Buckinghamshire' as Mary Berry jokingly called to ask him: "I keep getting soggy bottoms, what am I doing wrong?".

James Martin bids an emotional farewell (BBC)

The Yorkshire chef, who announced in February he was stepping down as the show's host, choked back tears as he gave a farewell speech.

Mary Berry (Heathcliff O'Malley for The Telegraph)

“It’s been a day I have been dreading,” he said.

“But the thought of never having to taste a runny omelette again live on TV and setting the alarm at four o’clock in the morning does cheer me up a little.”

Stoves off, ovens off…for the last time #saturdaykitchen pic.twitter.com/wQPq3Xhw9w

— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef)
March 26, 2016

Following the show, he tweeted to fans: "What can I say about the reactions today other than thank you for all of them and for watching. Deeply touching and it's been an honour."

What can I say about the reactions today other than thank you for all of them and for watching. Deeply touching and it's been an honour

— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef)
March 26, 2016

A string of celebrity chefs are due to host the show following his departure.

Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr will be the first presenter on 2 April, with John Torode and Lorraine Pascale also lined up for future episodes.

John Torode (Getty)

Martin joined the series in 2006 when its previous presenter, Anthony Worrall Thompson, defected to ITV's rival show Saturday Cooks!.

Since then his affable, everyman style of presenting has been a regular fixture in three million UK homes.

Martin will continue to appear on Saturday Kitchen Best Bites on BBC Two on Sunday mornings.

Not a bad line up to cook you lunch! #saturdaykitchen https://t.co/zXmlydhzLu pic.twitter.com/1p4gOOZS0n

— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef)
March 26, 2016

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