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Lunch with... Jay Rayner

He’s The Observer restaurant critic, chair of Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, The One Show’s expert foodie and a MasterChef judge. But as Kerry Fowler discovers over lunch, in the first of a new series, these days his riffs are less literary, more jazzy
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When I first met Jay ‘The Piano’ Rayner, I was nicely soused on Spritz Américain and he was tall and velvety like an Irish coffee. It was midnight and he’d just stepped off the tiny stage at The Crazy Coqs, a cabaret and jazz space at Brasserie Zédel in London’s West End. He was all aglow following his polished performance with his wife Pat Gordon-Smith, a sinuous sometime jazz singer in an LBD, and his quality sax and double bass players. He was in a world so far away from The One Show, he wouldn’t know Alex Jones from the bloke who sang ‘Walking in the Air’.

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Tuck into the January issue of Delicious – it’s packed with comforting recipes including Nigel Slater’s warming wonders, three-ways with meatballs, main-meal soups, Alpine recipes for mountainous appetites and a heartwarming mac ‘n’ cheese. Plus, there are great no-faff midweek meals, lighter recipes for the new year and foolproof guides to perfect Yorkshire puds, sourdough bread and pork wontons – satisfaction guaranteed.
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