Emotional James Martin holds back tears as he celebrates 200 episodes of his cooking show

James Martin got emotional on the weekend cooking show on Saturday as he celebrated the 200-episode show on ITV.

The 49-year-old celebrity chef held back tears as his celebrity friends and past show guests congratulated him in a sweet video montage.

Since 2017, he has been hosting James Martin’s Saturday Morning, the popular show where he recommends top recipes for cooking at home.

Tears down: James Martin gets emotional on Saturday's weekend cooking show as he celebrates 200 episodes on ITV

Tears down: James Martin gets emotional on Saturday’s weekend cooking show as he celebrates 200 episodes on ITV

As he celebrated the show’s milestone achievement, James was seen wiping tears from the corners of his eyes as he watched the montage becoming overwhelmed.

The video, which aired on Saturday’s show, featured well wishes to James from chefs Paul Ainsworth, Atul Kochhar, José Pizarro and Dipna Anand, among others.

In a sweet tribute, Welsh chef Stephen Terry held up a wooden board emblazoned with the number “200” and fireworks were set off on both sides to celebrate the achievement.

Speaking gleefully in front of a huge portrait of himself, Brian Turner told James sweetly: ‘Son, we’re so proud of you. keep it up. ‘

Emotional: The 49-year-old celebrity chef fought back tears as his celebrity friends - including Brian Turner - and past guests on the show congratulated him in a sweet video montage

Emotional: The 49-year-old celebrity chef fought back tears as his celebrity friends – including Brian Turner – and past guests on the show congratulated him in a sweet video montage

In another video, Italian chef Francesco Mazzei jokes: “You did a great job! I think you could improve on the pasta a bit, but you’re great!

Lisa Goodwin-Allen walked away from the stove and gushed about how much she enjoyed being part of his cooking show because she was often in the kitchen with James.

“It was a great Saturday show and I loved being a part of it. Thank you,” she added.

Throughout the video clip, James can be seen reacting to the tributes and wiping tears from his eyes as he becomes emotional as he hears their kind words.

When the camera returned to James in the studio, he thanked his friends for their congratulations and raised a glass to them, calling it “unbelievable”.

Milestone: James returns to Saturday morning TV in 2017 with his two-hour show

Milestone: James returns to Saturday morning TV in 2017 with his two-hour show “Saturday Morning with James Martin”

He then tried to soothe the mood as he looked emotional, quipping: “Only Brian Turner could have a painting of himself in his house.”

James returned to Saturday morning TV in 2017 with his two-hour show James Martin’s Saturday Morning.

After a decade at the helm of the BBC’s cooking show, he quit Saturday’s Kitchen a year later.

In October last year, he released his cookbook, Butter, and revealed to the Daily Mail’s weekend magazine that he originally wanted to call the book fat.

“Fat — I want to call it that — they said, ‘Well, maybe not…’ but the next one is going to be called fat,” he jokingly revealed at the time.

Chef: James (photo taken in March 2019) quits Saturday's Kitchen after ten years at the helm of the BBC cooking show

Chef: James (photo taken in March 2019) quits Saturday’s Kitchen after ten years at the helm of the BBC cooking show

In this book, James shares some of his favorite new dishes and old classics – from delicious dishes like Grilled Crab with Lime Chili Sauce and Barnsley Ribs with Goat Cheese Butter, to Caramel Butter Dipped Cinnamon Bread, Crispy Sweets such as cakes and baklava.

James admitted the reaction to his recipe was “overwhelming” and he had to take a break from social media because he was inundated with messages.

“The response was overwhelming,” he said. “Chefs treat butter like olive oil, and for me it’s always been about food – good food. You can’t make good food out of margarine – too bad. Do we need to take lessons? We Can you enjoy it as it is?

‘Butter is a natural ingredient. I’ve used butter my entire career with no compromises and no substitutes, mostly because there isn’t one. We shouldn’t take butter for granted.

“It’s such an important part of our food life globally that it’s a miracle that more people have not written about it before. Butter is unique and natural, and we don’t have to kill animals to get it produce it.

James and his team spent 21 days writing the book during the Covid-19 lockdown and filming the plates on the floor of his Hampshire home.

Delicious: In October last year, he released his cookbook Butter, revealing to the Daily Mail's weekend magazine that he originally wanted to call the book The Fatty

Delicious: In October last year, he released his cookbook Butter, revealing to the Daily Mail’s weekend magazine that he originally wanted to call the book The Fatty