Fay Maschler

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Fay Maschler is a journalist and food critic.


Fay started her working life as a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson and then a journalist on the Radio Times. Then it was winning a competition in the London Evening Standard in 1972 that started Fay’s career as restaurant critic.

She was the restaurant critic of London’s Evening Standard newspaper for nearly 50 years. She won a contest for the position in 1972, when her tenure was supposed to last for three months. In December 2020, the Evening Standard announced that Maschler would leave the role of its chief restaurant critic after 48 years.

She has published Cooking Is A Game You Can Eat. Her book Teach Your Child To Cook expresses her belief in the importance of children learning to love to cook and eat well.

Fay Maschler is 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 part of the team that created Food and Drink. It was the first show in the UK to cover the food and drink without cookery and recipe demonstrations. 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.

In 2004, Maschler got an MBE for services to journalism. The the National Portrait Gallery in London holds two photographic portraits of Maschler.

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