James is a British chef and television personality. He has appeared on some of the nations favourite cooking shows and is one of the most popular chefs appearing on Ready Steady Cook.
The third of four brothers, James was brought up in Kent and was taught to cook by his mother. After finishing school he studied hotel management and then worked in the kitchens of several well-known restaurants, often with his older brother Chris. He worked his way up through the ranks until he was invited by the Roux brothers to move to the US and work in upstate New York. On returning to England James worked for the two Michelin-starred restaurant Lettonie in Bath, under the respected chef Martin Blunos.
In 1999, aged 23, Tanner and his brother opened “Tanners Restaurant” in Plymouth.
In Spring 2006 James Tanner and his brother opened a second restaurant in Plymouth. The Barbican Kitchen is a brasserie sited within the Plymouth Gin Distillery, a 500 year old building in the heart of Plymouth’s oldest area, The Barbican.
His television career began in 2002 when he and brother made their first TV appearance on a competition called ‘Chef Stars’, a promotion run by UKTV Food and broadcast predominantly on their now cancelled Great Food Live. Shortly after that James joined the Ready Steady Cook team.
Tanner became a semi-regular guest on Great Food Live which was shot at the same studios as Ready Steady Cook. He was recommended to audition for the show and became a regular. At the heart of his style during his TV appearances is the repetition of his catchphrase “Like so”, used in order to make various culinary techniques seem easy, encouraging members of the public to give them a try, and also to assuage viewers’ fears of unfamiliar ingredients, as well as “dig down deep”.
James has made guest appearances on Saturday Kitchen and has also filmed his own 15 part series, alongside his Brother Chris, entitled The Tanner Brothers, broadcast on the Carlton South West. James also regularly appears as guest chef on This Morning.
In April 2011, the Tanner brothers opened “The Kitchen Cafe” alongside The Barbican Kitchen, which serves snack style foods as an offshoot from the brasserie style Barbican Kitchen.
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