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James Martin: 'It's only a matter of time before Ready Steady Cook is back'

James Martin has also thrown his hat in the ring to host the programme if and when it's revived.

James Martin believes it's "only a matter of time" before Ready Steady Cook is rebooted.

The 45-year-old chef was frequently one of the chefs on the TV programme, which saw culinary experts battle against the clock to create a delicious meal with limited ingredients in 20 minutes.

And while shows such as The Great British Bake Off are still as popular as ever, James believes there's space in the market for a Ready Steady Cook comeback.

"It’s only a matter of time, it might be coming back," he told The Sun. "I think Ready Steady Cook is iconic. It’s a great format. People remember that show ­however old they were. It was the most successful cooking show of its generation."

If it were revived, James would also consider swapping his position behind the workstation to one in front of it - putting his hat in the ring for the host gig.

"I think I’d give it a go," he smiled. "I’d be a lot slower now than when I was doing it, cause I’m a lot older."

Despite there being a lot of competition now between cookery shows on the television, James believes Ready Steady Cook had something unique, in that it taught people kitchen tricks and skills - something he thinks is severely lacking in today's offerings.

"I was talking to (chef) Raymond Blanc about this, the night before last. We were sat there talking for a couple of hours about food and television and where stuff is going. He’s like me, the chef element of it... you want to teach people," he continued. "You don’t really get that teaching part in entertainment shows."

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