Fay is regarded as one of Britain’s most feared and respected restaurant critics – and the only woman who makes Michelin-starred chefs tremble!
Having started working life as a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson and then a journalist on the Radio Times, it was winning a competition in the London Evening Standard in 1972 that started Fay’s career as restaurant critic.
Books published include Cooking Is A Game You Can Eat and Teach Your Child To Cook expressing her belief in the importance of children learning to love to cook and eat well.
A partner with Simon Davis in the restaurant consultancy A Private View, she is also chair of the London Restaurant Festival, which they co-founded in 2009.
She was also part of the team that created Food and Drink, the long-running British television series on BBC Two that aired between 1982 and 2001. It was the first national television programme in the UK to cover the subject of food and drink without cookery and recipe demonstrations. Created in 1982 by BBC producer Henry Murray from an original idea by Jancis Robinson, Fay Maschler and Paul Levy, the first series was presented by Simon Bates and Gillian Miles, and introduced Jilly Goolden in her first regular television appearances as the programme’s wine expert.
Fay is married to Tom Maschler Tom Maschler who is a well-known British publisher and writer.
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen’s New Years Honors List for her services to Journalism.
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