James Martin’s ‘TV Dad’ Brian Turner ‘gets emotional’ about chef’s support after stroke

Chef Brian Turner CBE, 76, suffered a stroke in June last year. He had gone into his office and suddenly dropped his bag, was unable to speak and his vision was blurred.

Luckily, his agent Louise was there and was able to recognise that Brian was having a stroke and called an ambulance immediately.

Thankfully, he was treated quickly but still suffered long-lasting side effects such as a speech impediment.

Brian received an overwhelming reaction from the public when he revealed the news of his stroke on James Martin’s Saturday Morning in January.

“It was helpful that James was there to help me, not to be trusted entirely on my own in the kitchen yet but I’m slowly but surely getting used to a kitchen.

“The whole hospitality family has been really, really supportive but James has particularly been strong and helpful.”

Explaining how the duo first became such close friends, Brian revealed that he first met James when he was just eight years old.

The 76-year-old recalled: “I was doing a gourmet weekend near Whitby and his father [Ian Martin] was jointly doing the dinner and speaking about the wines. He brought James along and James was in the kitchen.

“When he was older, about 16 or 17, I met him again because I judged his college diploma before he graduated and then when he came down to London we would meet regularly.

“Then of course we did Ready Steady Cook and all those shows together, so he has been a great friend and a great help to me.”

Brian has partnered with NHS England’s ‘Help Us, Help You’ Act F.A.S.T. campaign, which highlights that a stroke is a medical emergency and urges the public to call 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the signs of a stroke in themselves or others.

· Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

· Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?

· Speech – is their speech slurred?

· Time – time to call 999

As a part of the campaign, Brian and his agent were photographed by Getty’s Chris Jackson to reflect the significant life moments the stroke survivors have lived to celebrate since their stroke and spotlight the crucial role a stroke ‘saver’ can have in survival.

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source: express.co.uk