Saturday Morning chef James Martin, 48, took the opportunity to offer some kind words to Raymond Blanc, 70, after he addressed the death of his mother. The ITV favourite said he was sending “big love” to the culinary chef during this difficult time.
In view of his 468,000 Twitter followers, Raymond opened up about his loss last month.
He penned: “These last 2 weeks, I kept myself to myself. I lost my 97-year-old mum known as ‘maman Blanc.’ She was all love and spread it around all of her life, great cook and gardener. She gave me the strongest foundations of my ethics, cooking and the creation of @lemanoir @brasserieblanc.”
James was one of the first to reply to the emotional tribute as he offered his condolences.
The ITV favourite replied: “Big love to you chef… I will raise a glass to a special lady this evening.”
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The culinary expert revealed he was busy preparing to open his restaurants after they remained closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, James said: “Thank you for all the birthday messages… spent it cleaning and painting the restaurant ready for reopening. Can’t wait to get back in the kitchen… cheers!”
Fans flocked to comment on the post, as many offered him birthday wishes.
One person said: “James you’re a workaholic! Hope you get to chill this evening with a stiff G&T and a nice cigar.”