James Martin: Saturday Morning host has ‘never read’ a book amid learning disorder

This Morning: James Martin prepares a sausage and apple pie

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James Martin, 48, has admitted he has “never read a book” as the star spoke out about his learning disorder has hindered his reading ability. The celebrity chef has talked in length about how he finds ways to deal with his dyslexia while working on his ITV show Saturday Morning.

Never read a book in my entire life

James Martin

Asked when he last read a book, James shared: “Never read a book in my entire life – I’m dyslexic.

“The last book I read was Peter And Jane level 2B when I was at primary school,” he told GQ magazine.

However, James has never let his dyslexia hold him back, as he revealed his struggles to read the autocue on his popular cooking shows.

Speaking on how some have responded to his difficulty to read the autocue, James shared he has had “a couple of mean tweets”.

He continued: “They started slagging me off about the way I read autocue.”

“But I can’t read autocue. If I read it I make a mistake.”

James went on to share his inability to read autocue on his programmes has led him to develop a very impressive skill.

The celebrity chef shared he can memorise what it is he needs to say in a matter of seconds.

He explained: “So I basically look at the autocue for a second and then say, right, switch it off.

“As long as it’s there in your head, just let me go.”

James also told Woman and Home that the BBC had sent him on a special course to help him with his learning difficulty.

He said: “The BBC deputy head of daytime actually sent me on a course, and without her, Saturday Kitchen wouldn’t have been what it was, because the teacher of the course taught me how to walk and talk.

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“The teacher said, ‘Don’t stand there reading like a presenter, because you can’t do it’.

“And not many people can walk and talk, but I can’t stand and talk!”

It comes as James recently divided viewers on This Morning as he showed viewers how to make a posh sausage pie with apple sauce.

The celebrity chef began the dish by frying off the sausages before covering them in pastry.

However, some fans thought he had taken the sausages out of the frying pan too soon and that they looked a bit undercooked.

Introducing the segment, James began by cooking the sausages by frying them in a pan.

“You can use normal sausages, but you just want to colour them first of all.

“Once you have got a bit of colour on them, on one side, turn them over like that and just leave them.

“All you’re going to do is colour them on one side,” he said to ITV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer said:  “All that effort just to end up with a soggy raw sausage!”

Another sarcastically tweeted: “I like raw sausage.”

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