Grace Dent

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Grace Dent
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Grace Dent in Otto's, November 2017
Born (1973-10-03) 3 October 1973 (age 45)
OccupationJournalist, author, broadcaster

Grace Dent (born 3 October 1973) is an English columnist, broadcaster and author. Dent is 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.

Dent has written 11 novels for teenagers[2] and her first non-fiction title How to Leave Twitter was published in July 2011.

Early life[edit]

Dent was born in Carlisle, Cumberland,[1] and studied English Literature at Stirling University.[3][4] While at university, she wrote features for Cosmopolitan after winning a place on their Student Advisory panel.

She attended Bishop Goodwin Primary School in, Currock, Carlisle.

Journalism[edit]

After graduating from Stirling University, Dent's first job was as editorial assistant for Marie Claire.[3][5]

In 1998, Dent became a freelance journalist contributing to Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, as well as a weekly column in More. From 1998–2000 she worked for the Daily Mirror, writing about international, off-beat topics.[citation needed]

Dent began writing for The Guardian in 1999. She wrote "World of Lather" celebrating her love of Coronation Street and other soap operas for "Guide" supplement from 2001–2010.[2] From 2010–2012, she wrote "Grace Dent's TV-OD".[6] In 2012 she signed a joint deal with The Independent and the London Evening Standard. She became the restaurant critic of The Guardian in January 2018.[7] In November 2017, Dent won 'Reviewer of the Year' at the London Restaurant Festival.[8]

Unusually for a restaurant critic, she has been "mainly vegan" since the early 2010s, describing herself as plant-based or a flexitarian.[9]

Published works[edit]

Dent has written 11 novels. Her first novel, It's a Girl Thing, was published in 2003. She was shortlisted for the 2008 Queen of Teen Prize.[10] Dent's first non-fiction title How To Leave Twitter (My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop) was published in July 2011.

In October 2008, Dent was part of the judging panel for the Young Minds book awards.

She was a judge on the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize.[11]

LBD[edit]

Her first trilogy of novels was for Puffin Books.

  1. It's a Girl Thing (2003)
  2. The Great Escape (2004), also published under the title Live and Fabulous!
  3. Curse of the Mega Boobed Bimbos (2005), also published under the title Friends Forever!

Diary of a Chav[edit]

In 2006 the first Diary of a Chav novel Trainers v. Tiaras was released for Hodder Books.

  1. Trainers V. Tiaras (2007), (also published under the titles Diary of a Chav and Diva Without a Cause in America)
  2. Slinging the Bling (2007), (also published under the title Posh and Prejudice in America)
  3. Too Cool for School (2008)
  4. The Ibiza Diaries (2008), (later published under the titles Ibiza Nights and Lost in Ibiza)
  5. The Fame Diaries (2008), (later published under the title Fame and Fortune)
  6. Keeping It Real (2009), (also published under the title The Real Diaries)

Diary of a Snob[edit]

In December 2008 Dent signed a two-book deal with Hodder; Diary of a Snob was launched at Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in June 2009. The rights were acquired for TV by Nickelodeon in March 2011, but were not developed.

  1. Poor Little Rich Girl (July 2009)
  2. Money Can't Buy Me Love (September 2010)

Television and radio[edit]

Dent is a regular critic on Masterchef UK, Masterchef: The Professionals, and Celebrity Masterchef. She has also appeared as a judge on BBC Two's Great British Menu. She was the Creative Director for the Evening Standard's London Food Month (2017) which won 'Best Debut Event' at the 2017 Event Awards.

She has appeared on many British television shows such as Very British Problems (Channel 4), Pointless Celebrities, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The Now Show (Radio 4), The Review Show (BBC Two), Film 2012 (BBC1), The Culture Show (BBC2), Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (BBC4), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave).

Since 2016, Dent has presented The Untold on BBC Radio 4, which has been nominated twice for ARIA awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Cumbria' did not come into being until 1st April 1974. 'Cumberland' is correct
  2. ^ a b "About Grace Dent". fantasticfiction.co.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Grace Dent". lbditsagirlthing.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Literature and Languages". Division of Literature and Languages. University of Stirling. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/4872608/grace-dent-food-critic-restaurant-masterchef-professionals/ Who is Grace Dent? Food critic, broadcaster and author who starred on MasterChef
  6. ^ "Grace Dent's TV Adieu". London: The Guardian. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  7. ^ "The Guardian appoints Grace Dent as restaurant critic". The Guardian. GNM Press Office. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  8. ^ "The London Restaurant Festival Awards 2017: The Winners". Just Opened London. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  9. ^ Dent, Grace (22 April 2018). "My life as an (almost) vegan restaurant critic". the Guardian.
  10. ^ "An Interview with Grace Dent, author of LBD: It's a Girl Thing". Penguin books. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  11. ^ "Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011". Retrieved 28 April 2013.

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