He’s the face of Saturday Kitchen and of eating hearty plates of food – celebrity chef James Martin loves his grub. And now you can join him for dinner this Valentine’s weekend..

Visitors to the Talbot Hotel in Malton, this Valentine’s weekend, Sat 16th and Sun 17th February, can win an exclusive one-to one-Valentine’s dinner with BBC Saturday Kitchen chef, James Martin. (husbands and partners are welcome to chaperone… ha ha!)

James, who is the Executive Head Chef at the newly refurbished Talbot Hotel in Malton, will be in the town all day on Sunday 17th. He will also give two demonstrations in the town’s Milton Rooms , one before lunch and the other one after lunch. After each demonstration, James will sign copies of his latest book so everyone can go home with a long lasting reminder of a very special weekend.

The demonstration kitchen is being sponsored by Country Warmth (www.countrywarmth.co.uk), a fabulous local company in neighbouring Norton.


And stay at one of the X Factor’s ‘judges houses’

32IF you have the budget and feel like treating yourself, then check out the Chateau’s Luxury Cultural Retreat – an all-inclusive experience debuting 21 to 26 April 2013, where guests will master the arts of Italian cuisine, singing, song-writing, trekking and painting, in the property’s lavish surroundings.

The Luxury Retreat package is aimed to appeal to all ages interested in cultural pursuits – singles and couples alike. Included in the package are transfers from Nice airport, five nights’ luxury en-suite accommodation – with either sea or mountain views, a formal champagne reception, wine tasting, gourmet food and drink, nightly entertainment, and all classes and materials. Guests will also be visit local art galleries and a Provencal market. The Retreat will cater for up to 24 guests.

08Lou Casteou, which means ‘The Chateau’ in old Provençale French, was built in 1904 by Lord Amherst of Hackney – a lover or antiquities who funded the Howard Carter expeditions to Egypt, and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

The property was purchased in 2006 by Chris and Morag Baxter, who restored it to its former historical glory, adding touches of modern luxury – such as a home cinema seating 40, heated infinity pool and professional chef’s kitchen. The Chateau is situated in the EsterelMountains between Cannes and St. Tropez, with sandy beaches, water sports, boutiques and restaurants nearby.

Among other accolades, Lou Casteou was selected by Simon Cowell as his ‘judge’s house’ on The X Factor in 2011.

The Retreat will cater for up to 24 guests and five nights’ accommodation is provided, in beautiful en-suite bedrooms with either sea or mountain views. The price of the retreat including VAT is Euros 2,950 per person or Euros 5,500 per couple, or two sharing. www.loucasteou.com/luxury-cote-azur-cultural-retreat.asp