Martin keeps it sweet

TV presenter, restaurateur, bestselling chef and one-time Strictly semi-finalist, blue-eyed-boy James Martin certainly doesn't do things by halves - and the tradition continues with his latest cookery book, Sweet.

Are Roux a sausage fanatic too?


Michel Roux Jr. loves sausages. He really, really loves sausages ("It's as simple as that!"), so it makes sense that he's signed up to be the face of this year's British Sausage Week (November 2-8).

Roving Rachel cooks up a storm


The sun didn't always shine during Rachel Allen's recent road trip along Ireland's stunning Atlantic coast, but the chef and writer insists that was all part of the charm.

Perfect Christmas pud


No matter how many pigs in blankets you've scoffed on Christmas Day, you can always make room for some pudding, can't you? The Japanese say we have a separate stomach ("betsubara") for dessert, and it's never more true than on December 25.

Eating through breast cancer


It might be one of the less talked about elements of breast cancer, but with treatments often causing side-effects like exhaustion, reduced appetite, soreness of mouth and an upset stomach, mealtimes can be a minefield.

All Torode's lead to home


"What are you like in the kitchen?" asks MasterChef's John Torode at the beginning of our cookery masterclass.

Ottolenghi's dream team


"I always get obsessed with things," says head chef Ramael Scully, explaining how he recently spent £100 on eBay buying 1.5kg of the rare spice, Grains of Paradise.

Builder, baker, breadstick maker


Richard Burr might not have won last year's Great British Bake Off, but he's definitely one of the show's most memorable contestants.

On the road again


Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King were determined to throw themselves into the action while making new BBC Two road trip series Northern Exposure - even if that meant a spot of wife-carrying.

Quinn of cakes


"There's only so long you can talk, in everyday life, about how much cinnamon you like in your buns before someone's like, 'OK, enough'," says Frances Quinn with a laugh.

Fishy business


Forget coffee, tea or an icy shower, if there's anything guaranteed to give restaurant owners Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse a boost in the morning, it's their breakfast grappa.

Chewing the fat


In terms of kitchen 'outlaws', sugar has completely overtaken fat as public enemy number one.

Atherton keeps it sweet


Like many chefs, the Michelin-starred Jason Atherton has war wounds from his time in the kitchen. Worst of which is the "big scar" on his leg, the scene of a skin graft "many moons" ago.

Coleman's cherry-picked treats


A couple of years ago, Natalie Coleman was just as likely to be spinning the decks in a nightclub as flitting between saucepans in the kitchen.

Perfect summer pasta


The sizzling weather might signal the start of holiday season for many of us, but while we slow down into relax mode, Italian cook Gennaro Contaldo is gearing up for another busy summer.

Use your loaf


Watching French baker Eric Kayser at work in the kitchen, it's easy to see why he didn't consider any other career options in his youth.

Shaw way to get the glow


Chef and nutritionist Madeleine Shaw's diet plan doesn't just help her clients become healthier in the kitchen - it's improving their relationships too.

Roux Jr. and the mini master chefs


Growing up, Michel Roux Jr. enjoyed slap up dinners made by his decorated chef dad Albert Roux and uncle Michel. No wonder then, that his memories of school dinners pale in comparison to these veritable feasts.