James Martin opens up on ‘weird’ food allergy which changed the way he cooks

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James Martin joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning as he rustled up Whitby Scampi in the kitchen. However, presenter Holly was stunned when the ITV TV chef revealed what he was making his own mayonnaise as he’s allergic to the commonly used sauce. 

While preparing a dish for Holly and Phillip, James revealed why he was making mayonnaise from scratch.

“In we go with our eggs,” James instructed. “Now this is a little bit of mayonnaise.

“I’m allergic to mayonnaise so I’ve got to make my own. Mayonnaise is really simple to make.”

“What are you allergic to in mayonnaise?” Phillip questioned.

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“It’s the acidity that they use as a stabiliser,” James explained. “[I’m allergic to ] that and kiwi fruit.”

“How weird,” Holly commented. 

“A lot of people are apparently,” the TV chef added.

James then continued making mayonnaise by adding ingredients into a food processor. 

“So I make my own, it’s really simple to make your own. It’s egg yolks, mustard and you use vegetable oil,” James continued.

“Mayonnaise is done with veg oil, not olive oil, not extra virgin olive oil, just normal veg oil.” 

“And you gradually pour it all in and this is a base sauce that you can then add [to].

“[Add] a little bit of ketchup, brandy, a little bit of cayenne and then you’d end up with that classic Mary Rose sauce that you put on your prawn cocktail that sort of stuff.”

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Meanwhile, James’ smart attire on This Morning caught viewers of the show’s attention. 

One said: “I now realise why I can’t cook a thing, I don’t dress like @jamesmartinchef in the kitchen! #ThisMorning.”

“Has @jamesmartinchef rushed in after an early morning court case appearance? Looking very dapper sir @thismorning #ThisMorning @Schofe @hollywills,” another shared. 

Elsewhere, the TV chef shared a rare insight into his home life after posting a picture of one of his loved ones cooking for him. 

James shared a photo of his mum preparing food for him in the kitchen. 

The caption read: “She’s gonna kill me for this but I b****y love this woman…Mother cooking me dinner.”

In the comments section, he added: “Haha she now wants to know if she’s trending.”

This Morning airs on ITV weekdays at 10am and James Martin’s Saturday Morning airs on Saturdays at 9.25am on ITV. 

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