Episode 133: Jimi Famurewa: the Evening Standard restaurant critic

My guest today is Jimi Famurewa, a writer, broadcaster and food critic, notably the Evening Standard’s restaurant critic.

He is the chief restaurant critic for the Evening Standard, a regular guest judge on the BBC One series MasterChef and was also one of the judges on Channel 4’s The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver.

In 2021, he won Restaurant Writer of the Year at both the Fortnum & Mason Awards and the Guild of Food Writers Awards and as an interviewer, he has profiled Black African Londoners including Idris Elba, John Boyega and Skepta.

He says the thing he loves most about writing about food is “Food is wordless communication. A way to be creative, clever or reference culture without speaking. I love being a conduit for that, trying to find the words so people can share the experience, almost taste the food.” And when you read his work, this is nothing but the truth with the way he has with words and transporting you to the setting about which he is writing, despite being on the tube or on your sofa.

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