James Martin deeply touched by reaction to final Saturday Kitchen Live

"It's been an honour," says the chef as he turned off the stoves for the final time

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James Martin was almost lost for words following the reaction to his final ever Saturday Kitchen Live.

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After ten years fronting the show Martin said an emotional farewell to the kitchen yesterday and has been overwhelmed by the reaction from fans.

Martin posted some sad black and white pictures as he waved goodbye to the kitchen for the last time.

But the finale itself was an absolute hoot. The chef faced his own Food Heaven or Food Hell (and was saved from having to eat a horseradish-themed meal despite the votes going against him), was given his own fake cow and even had Mary Berry phone up and ask for help with her soggy bottoms.

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Michel Roux Jr, Lorraine Pascale and Rick Stein are among his replacements, while Martin embarks on new projects and a few Saturday morning lie-ins.