Very funny – But don’t take your Mum!
That’s how we sum up our evening with Jay Rayner on Wednesday. Every now and then, an event takes us by surprise, how much we enjoy it. I thought I knew what to expect when I agreed to go to a talk given by Jay Rayner, Food Critic, at St George’s Hall, Liverpool. I knew I would find it interesting but wondered if it would keep Dermot’s attention. We really didn’t expect it to be as funny an evening as it was. There are plenty of funny moments, swears and quite a few REALLY rude bits!
We arrived just as the show/talk? was starting. The concert hall at St George’s Hall is simply stunning – If you ever get chance to have a look in, do so. I’d say there was about 120 people in the audience so a fairly intimate do.
Jay Rayner was stood on the stage with just a screen behind him – He was definitely not going for a fancy stage setting! He was dressed exactly as I would have imagined, a slightly crumpled suit but he was comfy so who cares?
The first half of the show was as described – About the worst places he has eaten for one reason or another. I’m not going to divulge the names of the places and the tales he told at this point. You’ll have to go & see the show for yourself. One thing to consider though, we had to move along the row during the first half as we could not see the screen when JR was stood in front of it. Try not to sit directly to the side and you will be fine.
He also talked about what irks him about service – from talking to fellow foodies since, I believe he is rather famous for his views on waiting staff. I’d say this point of the show was when he was stereotypically like his persona is seen to be on tv and in the press.
We had a short break then came back for questions. For us, this part of the show was a real gem. Jay was so relaxed and really open to any questions thrown at him. He gave quick answers and to me, they felt honest. He gave witty responses, particularly when asked if he has committed any crimes in restaurants. What a question!
There were so many questions that we wanted to ask him – thankfully they were all asked by others. Mr C is amazed that JR doesn’t like Baked Beans (Are there any foods you don’t like?) and rather impressed that he was honest enough to say one of his favourite meals is Cheese on Toast (I’d put money on it not being Tesco’s Medium range Cheddar however!)
As I would expect, Jay Rayner spoke about how he came to be a food critic (You have to be writer first and have a love for food, rather than be a food expert).
Only afterwards, did we realise we never got chance to ask him, his views on food bloggers. Perhaps we’ll have to go to watch him again!
Jay Ryaner’s tour continues throughout 2016. Details can be found here.
Disclosure: We were invited to Jay Rayner’s tour in exchange for a frank & honest review. We really enjoyed it!