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Monday 30th March 2020

Fans blown away by TV chef James Martin's dapper transformation

Suited and booted for the races!

James Martin has enjoyed a day at the races and impressed fans with his elegant outfit.

When he's not sporting an apron the TV chef usually follows the smart-casual line and goes for open-collar shirts.

But when he headed off to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup on Friday, the 46-year-old Yorkshireman wowed fans in a trim three-piece, tie and hat.

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Posting the black-and-white snap for his 190k Instagram followers, James wrote: "Rare day off and my first time to, as a guest, see horse racing... Cheltenham Gold Cup day! Any tips?"

His followers bombarded the comments with positive messages to tell the chef just how dapper he looked.

Lose the hat. That's my tip. You're too handsome to hide.

One said: "Swoon LOL. That has brightened my morning from a cold, wet morning in Bangor N. Ireland."

Another exclaimed: "Looking dapper!"

A third agreed, writing: "Looking sharp, Mr Martin."

Someone else told him: "Looking gorgeous. Have fun!"

He dropped a stone last year (Credit: Flynet - SplashNews)

Other followers thought the outfit would be better without the hat though, with one writing: "Lose the hat. That's my tip. You're too handsome to hide."

In May last year, James revealed a trimmer figure after shedding around a stone.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he explained that he decided to lose weight because he felt self-conscious seeing himself on the telly in high definition.

James on his Saturday Morning show (Credit: ITV Hub)

He told the paper: "I've lost a stone-ish. I just think it's a lifestyle thing and also looking at yourself on TV.

"You kind of watch and go, 'Oh God there's a bit of chin happening there.' And everybody's TVs are bigger now. Before you used to watch TV on a small one and now they're massive."

He joked about his HD TV concerns more recently in an appearance on Loose Women.

But viewers weren't happy when James - featured to talk about his new series, James Martin's Great British Adventure - was asked about his weight.

Some viewers thought Janet's question on Loose Women was inappropriate (Credit: ITV)

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Show regular Janet Street-Porter asked him, after he mentioned his mum, if she was ever critical of his appearance.

He took the question to mean his clothing - but after Janet clarified he admitted weight is "a big issue" and said his mum sees his shows much more clearly now she has a bigger telly.

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