James Martin is a talented chef who embarked on a new adventure opening his own restaurant Bocadillo Market with his lovely wife Jessica. But this seemed like a bad decision, as the duo was already struggling to make their relationship work and the stress of being restaurateurs was getting to them.
Keep reading this James Martin Bio to learn all about him.
James Martin On Food Network’s Me Or The Menu
Food Network’s Me or the Menu premiered on June 30, 2022, and it tested the couples, throwing them headfirst into the world of owning and running a restaurant. Well, making marriage work is indeed hard, but put the stress of being restaurateurs on top of that, and you’re walking on thin ice. Just as the trailer questioned the show’s journey for these couples “The perfect pairing or a recipe for disaster?”
All excited for the world to see him on the show, James took it to his IG on the premiere day to write, “#MeOrTheMenu Premieres June 30 at 10|9c June 30 at 10 @foodnetwork @discoveryplus @firstnamejessica”
Joining James and Jessica for the inaugural season of Me or the Menu were their co-stars — Kathleen and Nate (owners of an Italian cuisine food truck), Nicole and Alan (owners of Greenios, a vegan burger restaurant), and Jeanette and Randi (owner of Leland).
Did you know: Unlike his wife, James isn’t new to the TV. He previously appeared in Guy’s Grocery Game competition in Feb 2020.
Are Jessica Neal And James Martin Still Married?
Yes, James Martin and Jessica Neal are still married as of 2022. It seems that the duo has overcome their financial problem which was straining their relationship.
In case you missed their drama, James wasn’t taking home a paycheck. So, Jessica felt pressured to be the sole breadwinner working two jobs. Moreover, despite being overworked, Jessica also refused to relinquish control of her responsibilities at the restaurant to pay extra money for help. And this wasn’t sitting well with James.
Looking back, these restaurateurs got married on August 30, 2014, eight months after their engagement. Since then, the duo has come across several obstacles but they’ve always pulled it through. No wonder, Jessica was extremely grateful for her husband; especially for his patience, love, and faith.
“I wouldn’t be who I am today without him (and the many loving friends and family that have helped guide and support us along the way),” Jessica posted on her IG on their 5th anniversary.
James Martin Career
James Martin is a chef through and through. He has had over a decade of experience in fine dining. Starting his journey at the Art Institute of Washington’s culinary program while working for Chef RJ Cooper at Vidalia (2007 – 2008), James then moved to Chicago and worked under Chef Bruce Sherman at Northpond for 7 months.
In 2009, James then started as “Chef de Partie” at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons and continued developing his skills as a cook at three Michelin Star Chef Jean Georges’ flagship restaurant in New York City, before returning to the area to join the Wine Kitchen (2011 – 2012) in Frederick, MD as “Executive Sous Chef.”
Then on, James served as an “Executive Chef” at Restaurant Nora, District Supper, Pamplona, A10 restaurant, and Four Corners. And today, he owns his own restaurant Bocadillo Market which has been nominated for Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.
His restaurant explored the culinary traditions behind the cuisine, from the Moor’s influence on Spanish agriculture and dishes to the Spanish impact on low country food and agriculture. It served Coffee, Sweets, Bocadillos, Dinner, Brunch, Wine, and Cocktails. Also, they were open for reservations.
As for James’s education, James graduated from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in 2005 and went on to study a 2-year Culinary Arts course at the Art Institute of Washington.
Trivia: Bocadillo Market was closed from July 3rd through July 12th for “some much-needed rest.”
How Much Is James Martin Net Worth?
By 2022, James garnered a net worth of under $600 thousand.
James Martin Age
James Martin was 35 years of age when he appeared on Me or the Menu in 2022.
He is defiantly older than he looks.
James Martin Height
James Martin stands tall at a height under 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm).
Mentioning his distinct features, James kept his head shaved and beard thick, and he often wore prescription glasses.
Is James Martin On Instagram?
Yes, find him on Instagram @chefjamesmartin.
Also, here’s his Facebook @practice.m.perfect.3.
When Is James Martin Birthday?
James receives his birthday wishes on November 14 and is of the Scorpio zodiac.
What Do We Know About James Martin Family?
James loves his family. Sadly, his mother Mable Martin (birthday: November 3) passed away on June 21, 2020. But she will forever live in him for James has even tattooed her name on his arms.
As for James’s father, Buddy was alive and doing well at the age of 76 in 2022.
According to the chef, his father was his biggest supporter, and a great friend, uncle, brother, and cousin to all.
Other members of James’ family include — Celeste Barbour, Sabrina K. James-Ball, Adriana Ganando, Sonya McNeill Buncum, Maurice Walker, Phillip Martin, and Wade Johnson.
Where Is James Martin From?
James hails from Washington D.C. and resided there as of 2022.