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Giles Coren

Host, Million Dollar Critic/Restaurant Critic, The London Times

Giles Coren has been the restaurant critic for The (London) Times for over twelve years. Prior to that, he was restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday and Tatler. In 2005, he was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year, published his first (and last) novel, Winkler, and began presenting The F-Word on Channel 4 with Gordon Ramsay. Additional television appearances include Animal Farm (Channel 4), a documentary series on biotechnology in the food chain, Tax the Fat (BBC2), a polemical film about the obesity crisis, and three series of The Supersizers Go… with Sue Perkins (BBC2). He also served as host for a historical tour of English food and its impact on the landscape, Our Food, and the Christmas special, The Twelve Drinks of Christmas, both for BBC2.

He is the author of Anger Management for Beginners (2010) and the bestseller How To Eat Out (2012). He lives in North London with his wife, writer Esther Walker and their two children.
Giles Coren

Sex and Soup in the City

The jewel in a mixed crown was Soupe et Cie, where a gushing grande dame "d'une certaine age" held giggling court over two rooms around an open kitchen on a cool foodie street reminiscent of the hipper parts of San Francisco, and as excited by her beautiful staff as she is about her energetic and original menu.
11/11/2014 10:58 EST
Million Dollar Critic

If You Must Eat Brunch, Do it at Nick's in Providence

If you're going to eat brunch, it should be in a place like Nick's: big and airy, beautifully clean and shiny with its red tiles and expanses of metal ducting (good ventilation is crucial when your frying food for a lot of people who do not feel 100 per cent of their best), lively and attentive service, ambitious cocktail list, and terrific, crisp, fresh food. There's even a vinyl store next door.
11/04/2014 10:58 EST
Giles Coren

Newfoundland: Real Food Rockstars

If nothing had prepared me for Newfoundland then nothing could prepare anyone for Raymond's, a very refined restaurant in a handsome old high-ceilinged building (I think probably a former bank) which is not just the best restaurant in St John's but is probably one of the best restaurants in the world.
10/28/2014 11:10 EDT
Giles Coren

Charleston, I Know You Got Soul Food

Charleston, South Carolina, is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in North America. The restaurant scene is fantastic too. But the winner for me, by a country mile, was Aluette's Holistic Soulfood Café. It looks very much like any other soul food place you might wander into, but here the produce is guaranteed seasonal, fresh and local.
10/21/2014 11:13 EDT
Million Dollar Critic

Philadelphia: Home to the Best Cypriot Restaurant. Ever.

In Philadelphia, I lived the American dream. I saw the Liberty Bell, soaked up the birthplace of modern democracy, slobbered my way through a cheesesteak running with "wiz," ate noodles with the ex-Mayor of the city, ran up the steps of the Art Museum dressed as Rocky Balboa and, most importantly of all, ate some extraordinary food.
10/14/2014 11:12 EDT
Giles Coren

Introducing the Million Dollar Critic

For the last few weeks I have been travelling around Canada and the United States, dipping into cities I like the look of and eating in as many restaurants as I can and then deciding upon one, and only one, that will get my review - my supposed 'Million Dollar Review' - here in the Huffington Post and on television in my new show on W Network, "Million Dollar Critic."
10/07/2014 12:08 EDT
Giles Coren

Toronto's Philosopher Chef

I have to hand it to Toronto: it's the only city in the world where my attempt to grab a quick hot dog has made the evening news. Admittedly, I was grabbing that hot dog outside City Hall in the company of Rob Ford, the world's most infamous serving mayor, but even the slavering press pack should take a lunch break. The mad, challenging, soulful, seriocomic Atlantic was without question the most brain-affecting restaurant I encountered in a joyful, food-filled week in Toronto. An eating place that will not be to everyone's taste, but one which might just save the world.
10/07/2014 10:56 EDT