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Who is Grace Dent? Food critic, author and broadcaster who is appearing on MasterChef: The Professionals

SHE MAY be best known among eagle-eyed TV fans as a food critic from Masterchef but Grace Dent is so much more.

The broadcaster, author and restaurant critic has been plying her trade for a number of years now – here's everything you need to know.

 Grace Dent is a regular critic on all of Masterchef's variants.Rex Features Grace Dent is a regular critic on all of Masterchef's variants.

Who is Grace Dent?

Grace Dent, 44, was born in Carlisle and studied English Literature at Stirling University.

It was while she was at university that she began her journalism career with features for Cosmopolitan.

After graduating she jumped ships and worked as an editorial assistant for Vogue. Later she worked as a freelance journalist writing features and columns for magazines like Glamour, Marie Claire and More.

Grace wrote about television for The Guardian for 12 years between 2000 and 2012 before moving to The Independent.

As far as television goes she has a wealth of experience on The Culture Show, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and Big Brother's Little Brother.

 Grace Dent is an award-nominated writer.Getty – Contributor Grace Dent is an award-nominated writer.

What novels has Grace Dent written?

Grace Dent has written eleven novels and in 2008 was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Prize.

She's written three series, LBD, Diary of a Chav and Diary of a Snob – all aimed at teenage readers.

Her first non-fiction title is called How To Leave Twitter (My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop).

When does Masterchef: The Professionals begin on BBC2?

Masterchef: The Professionals airs tonight at 8pm on BBC2.

There will be 21 episodes in total as the prestigious cooking contest celebrates its 10th birthday.

Over the course of the show, the original group of 48 hopefuls gets whittled down through various gruelling stages until one talented foodie rules them all.

Last year, Glaswegian chef Gary Maclean won the series though some viewers complained there weren't enough women competitors.

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