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.

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 Martin's Saturday Morning (Credit: ITV Hub)
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.

James Martin, Loose Women
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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