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Who is Jay Rayner? MasterChef: The Professionals guest judge, food critic and Tried and Tasted star

BRITISH journalist Jay Rayner is an award-winning restaurant critic.

Many will also recognise the picky foodie from his TV appearances on shows like Masterchef.  But what do we really know about the star and how can you watch the new show?

 The 50-year-old critic has had a successful career in the media industry for decadesGetty Images The 50-year-old critic has had a successful career in the media industry for decades

Who is Jay Rayner?

The 50-year-old was born in London and raised in the Sudbury Hill area of Harrow.

Alongside his politics degree at the University of Leeds, the talented writer was the editor of the student newspaper.

After graduating from his studies, he embarked in a career in national newspaper reporting and was soon named as Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

Jay’s words have since featured in dozens of publications, including GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan and the New Statesman.

He also works as The Observer’s restaurant critic.

 As well as enjoying writing, Jay Rayner also enjoys music and playing the pianoGC Images As well as enjoying writing, Jay Rayner also enjoys music and playing the piano

What books has Jay Rayner written?

As well as being an impressive food writer, Rayner has a flair for penning drama.

His works of fiction include The Oyster House Siege, which tells the story of a restaurant ambushed by gunmen.

Jay has also released non-fiction books, including Star Dust Falling and The Man Who Ate The World.

 MasterChef critics Jay Rayner, William Sitwell, Amol RajanBBC MasterChef critics Jay Rayner, William Sitwell, Amol Rajan

What TV shows has Jay Rayner been on?

Many people will recognise Jay from his regular spot on the daytime cookery show Eating with the Enemy.

He’s also had regular stints on MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Food.

The telly personality definitely doesn’t mince his words, which has earned him the nickname Acid Rayner, which pokes fun at his sour demeanour.

Despite this, fans were recently disappointed that he didn't rip into a cooking show contestant for serving him an un-set dessert.

As well as hosting cooking shows, Jay has made appearances on The One Show, Mastermind and Newsnight.

What else is Jay Rayner famous for?

Rayner doesn’t limit his successes to just writing and television, as he’s also a star of the radio.

He won a Sony Radio Award for presenting BBC Radio Five Live’s Papertalk.

You can also listen to the foodie on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet.

Even though Jay is good at dishing out the criticism, he doesn’t seem to be very good at taking it himself.

Following a disastrous interview on talkSPORT last year, the TV personality began blocking everyone who dared to mention the cringe-worthy segment.

When is Masterchef: The Professionals 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.

Chef gets schooled on Masterchef: The Professionals after chopping fruit on the same board as raw meat

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