29/04/2016 08:01 BST

James Martin Eyes Regular 'This Morning' Role, Ahead Of ITV Daytime Debut

'This is the very start of a new chapter.'

James Martin has admitted he’s keen to land a regular presenting spot on ‘This Morning’, following his departure from ‘Saturday Kitchen’.

The TV chef is due to make his debut on the ITV daytime show on Friday (29 April), and says he’d be keen to make frequent appearances in the future, given the opportunity.

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James Martin during his 'Plates, Mates And Automobiles' live show

James has also admitted he was surprised at the fanfare his ‘Saturday Kitchen’ departure received, claiming to the Daily Mail: I said to the guys at the Beeb: ‘Oh, just put it out there, nobody will notice me leaving.’ Pfft! It was on the front page of every newspaper going.

“It’s surreal, it’s quite weird, but very touching for me, because for something that you’ve done for so long, for people to have that reaction with it, it’s pretty moving.”

Since stepping down from ‘Saturday Kitchen’, the show has had a host of guest presenters in James’ place, until producers decide on a permanent replacement.

Explaining his decision to quit at the time, James said: “You know, 10 years of working every weekend with the same team [is hard]... And for a chef as well you’re giving up your Fridays as well. I’ve been on an amazing journey an amazing ride. The viewers have been incredible.”

Catch James in action hosting ‘This Morning’ with Ruth Langsford on Friday at 10.30am on ITV

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