Guardian restaurant critic and MasterChef judge Jay Rayner is not happy
AA Gill. Marina O'Loughlin. Jay Rayner.
The coveted club of the UK's most influential and revered restaurant reviewers is highly exclusive. They are a powerful bunch; a good write-up from one of the above would rack up bookings in any restaurant faster than an all-you-can-drink prosecco deal ever could.
But someone on Twitter has made some pretty serious (not to mention seemingly unfounded) allegations about how and why these restaurant critics pay their way.
A man referring to himself as @TheProdigalFool has come out with the following statement:
"So what?" you might ask. People tweet some pretty weird stuff all the time. Someone has probably just tweeted that the Queen is in cahoots with Blazin' Squad to fix this year's X Factor.
But this tweet is different because it has provoked the wrath of one Mr Jay Rayer: Guardian restaurant critic and MasterChef judge extraordinaire.
"He's just stepping in to defend his rep, right? Nothing unusual about that," you exclaim.
But then, our mysterious tweeter drops a big allegation.
Uh oh. Jay is not amused.
At this point, fellow restaurant reviewer/cookbook author/man of notable relations, Tom Parker Bowles, interjects. However his language is a tad too colourful to put here, so we'll paraphrase. "I was given an envelope of cash for you Jay, but I spent it all on cream horns and pasties."
At this point, Jay is leaving nothing to chance, stating very clearly …
The case continues.
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