13 December 2022

Twitter beef, the problem with triple cooked chips, and advice to young writers

Giles Coren, Restaurant critic

Our guest on today’s show is Giles Coren, the Times restaurant critic and columnist. We recorded with Giles for an hour, but it felt almost like we got two hours of content — and often at times, listening back to the recording, I was convinced I had my player going at double speed, such is the pace of Giles speech and mind.

So, in a wide-ranging, highly entertaining conversation, we touched on the rise of the caviar ‘bump’, charges of nepotism, being seen as a person who ‘divides opinion’, why he regrets tweeting about a kid with a drum kit, trying to save Simpsons Tavern, the debauched days of 1990s Tatler, why lobster is overrated, his advice to young writers, why Keith McNally and James Corden deserve each other, and how nobody uses the word ‘Proustian’ correctly.

This episode has been recorded at Mark's Club, read by Joseph Bullmore and produced by Martin Lumsden.

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