Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is a journalist, writer, broadcaster, food critic and jazz musician. His documentary The Truth About Food Prices was watched by 2.2 million people. He has appeared as a judge on MasterChef and the Great British Waste Menu and has sat on the judging panel of Top Chef Masters in the US. He chairs BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. Jay’s first album A Night of Food and Agony examined the relationship between jazz and two key themes in his life: food and drink. His one man show My Dining Hell which documents bad reviews and his worst dining experiences, was performed in London and Edinburgh. Jay is the regular food critic for The Guardian and Observer.
How London Fell in Love with Middle Eastern Food
Yotam Ottolenghi is not alone: following his phenomenal success a group of talented Israeli and Jewish chefs are taking the London restaurant scene by storm. Jay Rayner, The Observer’s restaurant critic, discusses the allure of Middle Eastern cooking with The Palomar’s Tomer Amedi, Honey and Co’s Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovitch, restaurateurs and authors of Sunday Times Food Book of the Yea...
Truth, Love, Jews and Food
Food: a subject close to our hearts and souls, as well as our stomachs. Two award-winning foodies —  journalist and Spectator restaurant critic, Tanya Gold, and journalist, broadcaster and Observer food critic Jay Rayner — and one incredibly successful restaurateur, Jeremy King of Corbin & King – talk about subjects including why the people of the book became so passionate about what we put into our bodies; the role of the food critic in today’s society...