Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Has big hair.

Twenty Ways To Have a Lousy Night Out (Penguin Shorts/Specials) eBook: Jay Rayner: Kindle Store — I have been a restaurant critic for over a decade, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is that people like reviews of bad restaurants. No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.They claim otherwise, of course.

Jay Rayner reviews Buddha Bar, London — Buddha Bar8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2020 3371 7777Meal for two, including wine and service £175 One of the curiosities of this week's restaurant - along with 'How do they live with themselves?' and 'Why isn't there a baying mob outside with pitchforks and burning torches?'

Brasserie Gustave: restaurant review — 4 Sydney Street, London SW3 (020 7352 1712). Meal for two, with drinks and service: £140 Gosh but coming up with ideas for a new restaurant must be exhausting: all that hunting around for cracks in the zeitgeist; all that salami slicing of trends until you have found a plot of gastronomic real estate you can call your own.

OFM awards 2014 best cheap eats: Silk Road — he family behind the winner of our Best Cheap Eats award, voted for by OFM readers, admit they had no idea whether what they wanted to do would work. After all, no one else in London was serving the punchy food of Xinjiang province in China.

OFM awards 2014 best restaurant: the Ledbury — There is a small moment towards the end of my meal at the restaurant voted the best in the country by the readers of OFM that sums up the whole experience. Darren McHugh, the restaurant manager, places a bowl containing two little orbs of sugar-dusted loveliness on the table.

OFM awards 2014 best newcomer: Gloucester Services — he winner of our Newcomer of the Year award came about, like so many of the best ideas, by chance. "We had a phone call from the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust," says Sarah Dunning. "They told us that a parcel of land had come up alongside the M5."

Beast: restaurant review — You could easily respond to this week's restaurant with furious, spittle- flecked rage. You could rant about the posing-pouch stupidity of the meat- hanging cabinet that greets you as the lift doors open, and the frothing tanks of monstrous live Norwegian king crabs next to it, each 4ft across.

OFM awards 2014 outstanding achievement: Shaun Hill — ome people have a talent for exuding contentment. Chef Shaun Hill is one of them. It's mid-afternoon on a Friday and he is seated in the bar area of the white-washed Walnut Tree Inn at Llanddewi Skirrid near Abergavenny, glass of red in hand.

Some dishes just aren’t made for sharing — Recently I became a national hate figure. Not since I admitted I thought negronis taste like bad dental mouthwash, have I felt so reviled. Apart from the time I rolled my eyes at nasty sour espressos. And the time I admitted to having eaten a festering sausage off one of those carts in Trafalgar Square late at night.

Tefal Cook4Me review: another gadget for the cupboard? — The road to dinner is paved with disappointing inventions. Every cook has them, the piece of kit they were convinced would revolutionise their kitchen, only for it to add to the clutter. The Tefal Cook4Me has clutter written all over it.
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Oct 29, 2014

@sinksenthusist @MarinaOLoughlin er I am not her boss. Though I am a little scared of her

Oct 29, 2014

@jconnolly1972: @jayrayner1 more obscure than @KermodeMovie but less so than @msmirandasawyer .” That's the shout line on my next book.

Oct 29, 2014

THanks for all the pointless info. Delighted to be mildly obscure.

Oct 29, 2014

can someone please tell me what the pointless question was?

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