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The Guardian appoints Grace Dent as restaurant critic

The award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster will write a weekly restaurant review, with her first column appearing in January.

Dent joins from the London Evening Standard, where she writes the restaurant column Grace & Flavour, and The Independent, where she writes a weekly Voices column. She is the presenter of the The Untold on BBC Radio 4, a regular face at the critics' table on Masterchef and has produced and presented documentaries for Channel 4 and Sky Atlantic, as well as publishing 12 books.

In 2017, Dent was the creative director of London Food Month alongside Tom Parker Bowles and began authoring shows for BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. She previously wrote for the Guardian from 1999 to 2012, contributing columns such as TVOD and World of Lather.

Commenting on her appointment, Dent said: "I am incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved with Grace & Flavour and its reach and influence across the London food scene. But I'm a northern woman who loves the rest of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland too. It's time that, on a regular basis, I left the M25 and had my dinner everywhere else. This news is probably a great relief for London's chefs as they'll see less of me… and horrible news for anyone past Watford with a sous vide machine. It's a warm feeling to re-join the Guardian and be part of its widely read, well-respected food coverage."

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, added: "I'm thrilled to welcome Grace as the Guardian's new restaurant critic. You never know quite what's going to happen when you start reading a Grace Dent food column: they're always full of exuberance and fun and the sheer joy of going out to eat. Her new column will be a must-read addition to the Guardian's award-winning team of food writers and critics."

Source: The Guardian

by Jessie Sampson 04/12/17

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