Festival 2022 Saturday 26 February - Sunday 06 March | Tickets now on sale

Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, perhaps best known as the restaurant critic since 1999 for The Observer. Jay appears regularly on TV, including on Masterchef. He is the presenter of The Kitchen Cabinet on Radio 4, a food panel show which reaches an audience of over 2 million people and hosts the hit Out To Lunch podcast. He has published a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction, his most recent being My Last Supper, about his search for his last meal on earth, and Chewing The Fat, a collection of his columns. He performs live across the country, both in one man shows based on his books, and as pianist with his jazz quartet which was born at Jewish Book Week in 2012.  Image cr. Johh Arandhara
Claudia Roden with Jay Rayner
A unique chance to see two of the most influential figures in British cuisine and best-loved writers in conversation. 30 years after her first Mediterranean cookbook was published Claudia Roden, credited with revolutionising Western attitudes to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, returns to the topic. Called “a palpable instant classic” by Nigella Lawson, Med: A Cookbook takes us from Provence to Petra, Madrid to Morocco, as she shares a life’s worth of...
Saturday Night Double Bill
SESSION ONE : Suspense Jonathan Freedland presented Sam Bourne, the author of an exciting thriller set in the New York Jewish community. Moderated by award-winning journalist, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner. SESSION TWO : Don’t Tell Me Miracles Can’t Happen! “I have seen the end of Apartheid and witnessed modern Israel rising from the ashes of the ...
Jazz Piano: A Love Story
Jay Rayner leaped at the chance to play one of the famed Steinways at King’s Place, and spoke about the music that has shaped his life, his flirtations with electro pop in the 80s, why he was drummed out of a blues band made up entirely of writers and, accompanied by a few of Britain’s best jazz musicians, will play some of his favourite numbers. We joined Jay for an hour of anecdote, reflection and an enthusiastic playing of some great music. As Jay says, ‘If you know nothing about jaz...
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...
Fresse: Food Stories with Jay Rayner and Pen Vogler
We have all the ingredients for an extremely entertaining hour with two of our best-loved food writers in the mix. Observer restaurant critic and The Kitchen Cabinet presenter Jay Rayner travelled from London to Louisiana to Tokyo and beyond in his search for My Last Supper. In Scoff Pen Vogler, Dinner with Mr Darcy author and editor of Penguin’s Great Food series, charts the fascinating histor...