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.
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...