Martin Blunos is one of UK’s greatest chefs.
The blond haired, walrus-moustached Baltic giant of a man has a wicked sense of humour and is a most colourful character. Born and bought up near Bath, Martin’ parents came to England from Latvia just after the Second World War and he is greatly influenced by his mother’s wholesome cooking from her homeland and their Russian relatives. Martin ran his own restaurant with rooms, Restaurant Lettonie, in Bristol and latterly Bath for many years and in each of his restaurants earned two prestigious Michelin Stars. Food writers, critics and contemporaries were regular customers and Martin’s eclectic cooking attracted journalists of leading food publications from all around the globe
Much in demand for his entertaining demonstrations, Martin can be found at events all over the UK and beyond, including the Ideal Home Show in London, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Vitality Show, Grand Designs Show in London & Birmingham, Taste of London & Edinburgh, Foodies Festivals, BBC Good Food Shows and many more. He has been a columnist for several publications including Air Baltic In-Flight Magazine & Flavour Magazine and a Brand Ambassador for many major brands including Buckfast Tonic Wine, made by the monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon and POM Juice where he created a range of delicious and inspiring recipes using the world-famous products.
Martin appeared in the Channel 4 series ‘IRON CHEF UK’ and Channel 4’s Cookery School, ITV series Daily Cooks and Australia’s most popular show “Master Chef Australia.” Other TV appearances also include regular slots on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen with James Martin, ITV Daily Cooks, BBC Great Food Live! and Food Uncut, ITV’s Saturday Cooks, BBC 2 Food Poker, ITV 1 Britain’s Best Dish, BBC Market Kitchen. Channel 5 Cooking the Books, BBC James Martin’s Feasts, BBC Supersizers, ITV Taste The Nation.
Martin made ‘Tasting Times with Martin Blunos’ a ten part historical series for ITV and was chosen to cook for Her Majesty The Queen during her Jubilee year which was documented in a 30 minute television programme and appeared on BBC1 in ‘All The Queen’s Cooks’.
Unlike many of his peers, Martin hasn’t learnt his craft from other master chefs. He went to college in Cheltenham, did a spell at the Strand Palace Hotel in London, a season in Switzerland and many cruises on a Greek tycoon’s yacht before finding a job at Lampwick’s in London’s Battersea Road, where the main competition came from Nico Ladenis in his early nouvelle cuisine phase. Martin was invited to meet The Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Foreign & Commonwealth Institute to celebrate Latvia joining the EU.
He appeared on SKY TV’s Worlds Greatest Dishes and has also appeared on BBC 1 Holiday Programme, BBC 2 Master Chef Goes Large and presented his own Christmas programmes for HTV. Martin has cooked and demonstrated at many prestigious events throughout the world from the Gourmet Food Festivals in South Africa to the British High Commission in Mexico and several master classes in Russia. He is much in demand for public appearances and talks, including after dinner speaking.
In his spare time Martin is a passionate Bristol City FC fan and a born again ‘roadie’ to his son’s successful rock group.