Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He was born in London in 1966 and has written extensively across the British and international media as both feature writer and columnist on everything from crime and politics, to the arts and fashion. He now writes for the Observer, where he is a feature writer and restaurant critic.

After studying politics at Leeds University, where he edited the student newspaper, he entered national newspaper journalism. In 1992 he was named Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards, and has since been nominated for many more of the prestigious awards including as Food and Drink writer for three years in a row.


“I hate the phrase ‘mouth-watering’. It’s useless and lazy. Your mouth waters in response to all foods. If it didn’t water you couldn’t eat. There should be a law banning it from all writing about food and if I ruled the world there would be.”