He’s described a Gefilte fish dish as so leaden it could ‘pull planets out of alignment’ and wondered if a mussel shell contained ‘the retracted scrotum of a hairless cat’ – there is truly only one Jay Rayner.
The loved and feared London-based food critic has won a huge following in Britain thanks to his sometimes curmudgeonly, sometimes rapturous, usually hilarious and always entertaining restaurant reviews for the Observer. He’s been outspoken, too, on many food-related issues – from the suspicious elements of the organic movement to the scourge of ‘superfoods’.
In this intimate meal and conversation with Michael Williams, Jay will discuss his book, My Dining Hell: Twenty Ways to Have a Lousy Night Out, and share tales from his years eating out across the world.
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre.