29 July 1969
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
|Education|| The Hall School, Hampstead, London|
Westminster School, London
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Food critic, journalist, TV presenter and writer|
|Employer||BBC, ITV and The Times|
|Spouse(s)||Esther Walker (m. 2010)|
|Parent(s)|| Alan Coren (deceased)|
Anne Coren (née Kasriel)
|Relatives|| Victoria Coren Mitchell (sister)|
David Mitchell (brother-in-law)
Michael Coren (cousin)
Giles Robin Patrick Coren(born 29 July 1969) is a British journalist, food writer, and television and radio presenter. He has been a restaurant critic for The Times newspaper since 1993, and was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005. He has made several appearances on television and hosts a weekly radio programme for Times Radio.
Coren has been involved in a number of controversies, including breaching a privacy injunction, making statements expressing anti-Polish sentiment.
Coren was born in Paddington, London, the only son of Anne (née Kasriel) and English humourist Alan Coren.His father had been brought up in an Orthodox Jewish household, but his own upbringing was less Orthodox. He is the elder brother of journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell.
Coren was educated at The Hall School, an independent boys' junior school in Hampstead, London,and at Westminster School, an independent boys' senior school in central London, followed by Keble College at the University of Oxford, where he took a First Class degree in English.
Coren has been a restaurant critic for The Times since 1993, and was named "Food And Drink Writer of the Year"at the 2005 British Press Awards and in 2016 was named Restaurant Writer of the Year at the Fortnum and Mason Awards. As well as restaurant reviews, he also contributes a regular column to The Times, the subjects of which range from personal life to politics. Under the pseudonym Professor Gideon Garter he wrote The Intellectual's Guide to Fashion for The Sunday Times .
According to a paper published in Journalism Practice by Dr. Peter English and Dr. David Fleischman, Coren is "a sharp, witty columnist who can write with tongue in cheek". According to an English study the average grade in Coren's reviews in The Times was 6.86. According to Coren his average score is actually 6.3 but should be 5, however, he produces "no more than half a dozen really bad" reviews a year.
Coren has contributed articles to publications including Tatler and GQ , and he is currently editor-at-large for Esquire . In November 2014, he joined Time Out as a columnist, writing weekly on city life.
Coren is credited by inventor James Dyson as the co-author of his autobiography published in 1997.
In 2005, he published his first novel, Winkler , reviewed in the New Statesmanand The Independent . One section of the novel won the Literary Review's "Bad Sex in Fiction Award".
Coren has also written two non-fiction books: the first, Anger Management (For Beginners), a compilation of columns he had written for The Times was published in 2010,and his second, How To Eat Out, was published in 2012.
Coren is the editor of the dining guide Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restaurants and Food Experiences of the UK.
In 2005, Coren appeared as a regular correspondent on Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word . [ citation needed ] He co-presented the Channel 4 series Animal Farm with Dr Olivia Judson in March 2007. Around the same time, he appeared in a series of television commercials advertising Birds Eye frozen foods. Also in 2006, Coren presented the film and DVD review programme Movie Lounge .In June 2006, he presented a programme on More4, entitled Tax the Fat, about clinical obesity and the cost it presents to the NHS.
With comedian Sue Perkins, Coren co-starred in a series of documentaries known as The Supersizers... . In the first, Edwardian Supersize Me (BBC Four, 2007), the two spent a week on the diet of a wealthy Edwardian (i.e. pre-WWI) couple.The second series ( The Supersizers Go... ) broadcast in May 2008 on BBC Two. The 2009 series, The Supersizers Eat..., covered the cuisine of the 1980s, the 1950s, 1920s, the French Revolution, Medieval culture, and ancient Rome.
In 2012, Coren presented Our Food on the BBC, travelling the country talking about various local foods.In 2013, he presented Passover - Why is this night different? for BBC1 and co-presented (alongside Alexander Armstrong) 12 Drinks of Christmas for the same channel. In 2014, Coren ventured to North America. Firstly, he filmed Pressure Cooker, a cooking competition show co-hosted by Anne-Marie Withenshaw and Chuck Hughes, produced by Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions and Bristow Global Media, and broadcast on Canada's W Network and the US FYI Network. Coren followed that up with Million Dollar Critic for BBC America, which premiered on 22 January 2015 directly after Gordon Ramsay's New Kitchen Nightmares and attracted a big audience to the slot.
In 2015, Coren began a new BBC series, co-presented with social historian Polly Russell. Back in Time for Dinner , six-hour-long programmes broadcast from March 2015Back in Time for Dinner achieved a BAFTA nomination in the 'Features' category. Back in Time for Christmas (Christmas food) and Back in Time for the Weekend (leisure activities) followed. In 2016, Coren filmed Back in Time for Brixton and Further Back in Time for Dinner and the two were released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Eat to Live Forever was shown in March 2015.
In 2016, Coren fronted the one-off documentary My Failed Novel for Sky Arts. For the same channel, he co-hosted eight-part series Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge alongside art historian Rose Balston. In 2016, he presented 500 Questions , a four-part primetime game show on ITV.The series is taken from the US where it aired on ABC. Created by Mark Burnett, it was described as "an intense battle of brainpower that will test even the smartest of contestants".
In 2017, he presented Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby alongside Monica Galetti.A second series aired in 2018.
Since July 2020, Coren has presented a weekly programme on Times Radio, on Friday afternoons.
In an article dated 26 July 2008, Coren said his Jewish ancestors had been persecuted by Poles. He stated that Poles used to burn Jews in synagogues for entertainment at Easter; and that Poland is in denial about its role in the Holocaust. He referred to immigrant Poles as "Polacks", arguing that "if England is not the land of milk and honey it appeared to them three or four years ago, then, frankly, they can clear off out of it".
Coren's comments led to a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission,an early day motion in the UK parliament, and a critical editorial in The Economist. Coren responded: "I wrote in passing that the Poles remain in denial about their responsibility for the Holocaust. How gratifying, then, to see so many letters in The Times in the subsequent days from Poles denying their responsibility for the Holocaust." He also told The Jewish Chronicle : "Fuck the Poles". After the Press Complaints Commission rejected their complaint because the criticism had been of a group rather than an individual, the Federation of Poles in Great Britain lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights.
Professor Gábor Halmai of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency said "I completely share the criticisms" of the piece made by The Economist. He said that amid an internal debate about an FRA response, a Cypriot colleague had said "it is not even certain that what Coren stated with regard to his past had taken place at all". Halmai responded that while the generalization used by Coren was unacceptable, it was protected under freedom of expression.
On 13 May 2011, Coren attracted controversy after joking about a privacy injunction by posting on his Twitter feed: "god, ANOTHER injunction tonight. another footballer. and SUCH a boring one. fucking shit midfielder... he's yet another very ugly married man who's been carrying on with a gold-digging flopsie he should have seen coming a MILE away". Then on 14 May he tweeted "Gareth Barry looks remarkably relaxed when you consider that... first touch for Gareth Barry... not according to what I've heard... time for a bet. what chance Barry to score? tiny fiver on barry to score at 22–1. wdv been nice to get a double with Giggs in the match before... Barry's been pulled off...". This was later deleted but was archived.
On 22 May 2011, it was reported that lawyers at Schillings acting for an England footballer had persuaded the High Court judge Mr. Justice Tugendhat to ask the Attorney General for England and Wales, Dominic Grieve, to consider the criminal prosecution of "a top journalist" over a matter that breached a privacy injunction.Coren acknowledged on Twitter that he could face jail for contempt of court, saying: "A funny fucking day. The support of twitter has been almost tear-jerking. But I am afraid there won't be room for all of us in the cell. xxx." On 23 May 2011, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament John Hemming spoke in the House of Commons and used parliamentary privilege to identify Coren as the person involved, leading to an immediate rebuke from Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. In an interview with The Sunday Times on 29 May 2011, Hemming stated that he considered naming both footballers in the Coren controversy, before the Speaker stopped him. Hemming commented that the Speaker was "probably right to do so", and added: "I couldn't be guaranteed his family didn't know, whereas Giggs' name had been chanted on the terraces."
According to The Daily Telegraph , the Premier League footballer identified by Coren in the tweets was not Ryan Giggs, and was known in the privacy injunction by the pseudonym TSE.The case at the High Court of Justice was TSE & ELP v News Group Newspapers Ltd, with TSE being described as "a married footballer" who had been involved in an extra-marital relationship with a woman known as ELP. Neither person had wished The Sun to publish the details of the relationship. The injunction was granted on 13 May 2011 by Mr. Justice Tugendhat, who accepted claims from the footballer that publication of the details of the relationship "would provoke the cruel chants of supporters." Tugendhat said that aspects of the case had been published on "various electronic media, including Twitter", but added: "the fact that these publications have occurred does not mean that there should be no injunction in this case".
In December 2018, it was discovered that Giles Coren had an alternative Twitter account that "he uses to accuse people critical of him of antisemitism".The account stated to be of a Polish plumber with a bio composed in broken English and Coren's book cover as avatar.
Coren met his wife Esther Walker (dob c.1980),a journalist, author and food blogger, in c.2007. They have two children. Walker's sister is married to the presenter Alexander Armstrong.
Coren is related to the Canadian journalist Michael Coren.
Alan Coren was an English humourist, writer and satirist who was well known as a regular panellist on the BBC radio quiz The News Quiz and a team captain on BBC television's Call My Bluff. Coren was also a journalist, and for almost a decade was the editor of Punch magazine.
Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.
Michael Coren is a British-Canadian clergyman. He hosted the television talk show The Michael Coren Show on the Crossroads Television System from 1999 to 2011 when he moved to the Sun News Network to host an evening talk show, The Arena with Michael Coren, from 2011 until the channel's demise in early 2015. He has also been a long-time radio personality, particularly on Toronto talk radio station CFRB.
Susan Elizabeth Perkins is an English comedian, broadcaster, presenter, actress, and writer. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue, she has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and television presenter, notably of The Great British Bake Off (2010–2016) and Insert Name Here (2016–2019). She was ranked sixth in The Independent on Sunday's 2014 Rainbow List.
Gillian McKeith is a Scottish television personality, nutritionist and writer. She is the former host of Channel 4's You Are What You Eat (2004–2007), Granada Television's Dr Gillian McKeith's Feel Fab Forever (2009–2010), and W Network's Eat Yourself Sexy (2010). In 2008, she regularly appeared on the E4 health show Supersize vs Superskinny, and in 2010, she was a contestant on the tenth series of the ITV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Polonophobia, also referred to as anti-Polonism,, and anti-Polish sentiment are terms for a variety of negative attitudes, prejudices, and actions against Poland, its people and its culture. These include ethnic prejudice against Poles and persons of Polish descent, other forms of discrimination, and state-sponsored mistreatment of Poles and the Polish diaspora.
Victoria Elizabeth Coren Mitchell is an English writer, presenter and professional poker player. Coren Mitchell writes weekly columns for The Telegraph and has hosted the BBC television quiz show Only Connect since 2008.
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Jason Matthew Rayner is an English journalist and food critic.
Lucy Moore is a British-born historian and writer.
Tom Aikens was a fine dining restaurant operated by the eponymous chef from April 2003 to January 2014.
The Supersizers Go... and The Supersizers Eat... are BBC television series about the history of food, mainly in Britain. Both are presented by journalist and restaurant critic Giles Coren and broadcaster and comedian Sue Perkins.
Grace Dent is an English columnist, broadcaster and author. She is a restaurant critic for The Guardian and from 2011 to 2017 wrote a restaurant column for the Evening Standard. She is a regular critic on the BBC's MasterChef UK and has appeared on Channel 4's television series Very British Problems.
Elisha Carter is a British chef who appeared in the BBC television series Great British Menu in 2008. He is Head Chef at The Landau restaurant located in The Langham, London.
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Quo Vadis is a restaurant and private club in Soho, London. It primarily serves modern British food. It was founded in 1926 by an Italian named Peppino Leoni and has passed through numerous owners since then, including the chef Marco Pierre White, and is currently owned by Sam and Eddie Hart, also the owners of Barrafina. The restaurant is named after the Latin phrase Quo vadis?, meaning "Where are you going?"
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, also known as Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, is a three Michelin star restaurant owned and operated by Gordon Ramsay, located at Royal Hospital Road, London. It opened in 1998 and was Ramsay's first solo restaurant. In 2001, it made Gordon Ramsay the first Scottish chef to win three Michelin stars. In March 2013, the restaurant reopened following an art deco redesign.
The British privacy injunctions controversy began in early 2011, when London-based tabloid newspapers published stories about anonymous celebrities that were intended to flout what are commonly known in English law as super-injunctions, where the claimant could not be named, and carefully omitting details that could not legally be published. In April and May 2011, users of non-UK hosted websites, including the social media website Twitter, began posting material connecting various British celebrities with injunctions relating to a variety of potentially scandalous activities. Details of the alleged activities by those who had taken out the gagging orders were also published in the foreign press, as well as in Scotland, where the injunctions had no legal force.
CTB v News Group Newspapers is an English legal case between Manchester United player Ryan Giggs, given the pseudonym CTB, and defendants News Group Newspapers Limited and model Imogen Thomas.
In the contemporary English language, the nouns Polack or Polak are ethnic slurs, and derogatory references to a person of Polish descent. It is an Anglicisation of the Polish masculine noun Polak, which denotes a person of Polish ethnicity and male gender. However, the English loanword is considered by some to be an ethnic slur and therefore considered insulting in certain contemporary usages.
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